The Tabernacle of David


A New Thing

God is doing a new thing in the earth in this day[1]. Did I say a new thing? This work of God has been foreshadowed throughout the whole of the Bible, has been experienced by His people in prophetic foretastes throughout history, and it is what we can look forward to in greater measure as the days before us unfold[2]. This work is, however, a new thing that God is establishing in the earth for the very first time on a global scale. “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former’, says the LORD of hosts; ‘and in this place will I give peace and prosperity…” Haggai 2:9. What is this new thing? This latter glory greater than the things that have come before it will only be brought forth in the midst of His House established in the earth. This new work of God in the earth is the establishment of His House of Prayer in cities all over the globe.

God has told us throughout His word that He would do this work in the earth in these last days. In Acts 15, James quotes the prophet Amos, ” ‘After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, so that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, and all the Gentiles who are called by my Name,‘ says the LORD who makes these things known from long ago.” (Acts 15:16, 17 & 18) The work springing up today all over the world of the establishment of the House of Prayer is a direct fulfillment of this promise of God. But what is the Tabernacle of David?

David’s Tabernacle

David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Mount Zion in his own city, The City of David, not back to Moses’ tabernacle (1 Chron. 15:1). He pitched a tent for the ark, the seat of the very presence of God, in his own backyard — not bringing it back to its proper religious position! What is going on here? The scriptures tell us that the ark had been taken by Israel’s enemies, but those enemies had nothing but trouble while they kept it. So they sent it away with fear and gifts of apology, and God led the oxen that carried it back into Israel’s territory. The Ark of God languished in dishonor at Kiriath-jearim in a house in the woods, however, while Saul was king (I Samuel, chapters 5, 6 & 7).

When David became king God moved on David’s heart to bring the ark back to a place of honor (1 Chron 13:1-3). But why Zion? Zion was the highest hill in the territory of Judah, the tribe of David. David’s desire to give a home to the ark in his family territory speaks of the heart of affection that David carried for God’s presence. Furthermore, the meaning of the name Judah in Hebrew is “praise”. David had a heart after God[3] and relationship enough with Him to know that God is more honored on the mount of praise and worship than on the mount of sacrifice[4]. So the Tabernacle of David was established on the summit of Mount Zion with the Ark of God housed in a simple tent in the sight of the whole city.

This was an astounding new development, for no one, including priests, could approach the ark in Moses’ tabernacle. Only the High Priest could stand before the ark, and only on The Day of Atonement[5]. David understood, however, that God wants to be honored among His people in worship and praise: David knew that God inhabits the praises of His people[6]. David appointed priests, singers and musicians to minister before the ark at Zion[7]. The priests at Zion led the people day and night in praise, prayer and revelation with singing, playing instruments, petitioning, prophesying, and worshipping with all their might — in the place of symbolic animal sacrifices[8]. This foreshadowed the message of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament.

David understood that God prefers the intimate sacrifice of praise above rituals[9]. Yet David did not completely replace the established practice because he knew that the blood sacrifices must continue in Moses’ tabernacle in order to cover the sins of the nation[10]. This was true because Jesus had not yet made the ultimate sacrifice[11].

[1] Isaiah 43:18,19, especially Isaiah 42:9.

[2] II Pet. 1:19. This scripture has special relevance to the prophetic grounding and nature of this whole book.

[3] Acts 13:22

[4] Heb. 13:15.

[5] Lev. 16:11; Ex. 30:10; Heb 9:7.

[6] Psalm 22:3.

[7] I Chron. 16: 4-6.

[8] I Chron. 25:1.

[9] Psalm 51:15-17; Psalm 40:6; Psalm 69:30,31; and Psalm 50:13,14.

[10] I Chron. 16:39, 40.

[11] Heb. 9:8.

Excerpt from The Establishment, J. Scott Husted

About jscotthusted

J. Scott Husted is a writer, educator, minister and teaching missionary currently living and working in Seoul, South Korea. He carries a passion for cultivating authentic community, the establishment of the house of prayer, the plight of children at risk around the world, and raising up a new generation of leaders with a passion for the Kingdom of God.
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2 Responses to The Tabernacle of David

  1. Joan Massey says:

    Good article, Scott!
    It brought back to my memory some of the teaching I had in the first couple of years after I was filled with Holy Spirit in the early 1980’s. The Tabernacle of David was being revived in the Earth, in our day before the End times began – so we were taught. A time when praise to God was more spontaneous, more joyful, less structured and altogether more passionate in worship of the One Who Loved Us…. a time of growing prayer and growing intimacy with the King of Kings. Remember the joyous yet simple praise back then? Coming from a very formal and rather dull background, it was like rivers of living water to me.
    The Tabernacle of David! How wonderful that sounded to my ears back then. ~ And how wonderful it sounds to me, still!
    Back then, I read the passages all through the Old Covenant about David’s tabernacle – the one he made and the one to come. I read and re-read all the passages about David and meditated about him and about this wonderful tabernacle a great deal.
    I have watched as worship deepened and became so much richer in the last 30 years, but prayer itself has also changed. As our worship lives were enriched and more fully developed – perhaps like laying a foundation or setting out the tent pegs and the other materials required – I noticed something began happening to our prayer lives in the years after; they began getting richer and deeper, too. But more than this – a passion for prayer itself began spreading. Suddenly, there was Mike Bickle and the IHOP – and the rest is history, as they say – but history still unfolding.
    Now the House of Prayer movement is spreading like slow-banked coals from Holy fire from Heaven’s Altar all over the globe… It’s fascinating to watch this happening; rather like watching the tectonic movements of a spiritual earthquake in slow motion!
    I cannot help but think that all of this is leading up to something far grander than we have hoped for or perhaps even imagined… even though we have seen glimpses of it.
    It is good to remember that all of this that we see now came forth from those promises about the Tabernacle of David; good to remember that it is still under construction. It has been years since I heard anyone mention the Tabernacle of David… far to long.
    Thanks for reminding us, Scott. Thanks for stirring up the coals – may they spread all over the world! There is a wonderful Tabernacle to build…. After all, there is going to be a Wedding, one Day soon!

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