The Tabernacle of David part 2

Foundation Stones: Worship, Intercession and Revelation

Probably the most important aspect of David’s tabernacle was a new focus on praise and worship. The singing and instrumental music went on day and night, “continually before The LORD”[1]. Singers were appointed specifically[2] as well as musicians[3] who played drums, cymbals, trumpets, harps and instruments of all kinds[4]. With cymbals and trumpets, it’s clear that the worship was largely not quiet and contemplative[5]. This kind of worship and praise represents a key component of any pattern for the establishment of The House of Prayer in our day.

Another major aspect of the Tabernacle of David, and one that has gone largely unnoticed by many in the church, is prayer and intercession. David appointed “…Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise The LORD…“ this is prayer and intercession in the form of petitions, thanks and praise, with singing and music[6]. Further, in the book of Psalms we can find actual examples of what the content of those prayers were. In the Psalms we see intercession for others going on, prayers in the midst of personal struggles, dynamic intercession for the nation, and prayer and prophecy going forth for the nations of the world[7]. These examples of prayer and intercession stand as foundation stones for the activity of the House of Prayer.

Another of the key aspects of the Tabernacle of David is the operation of divine revelation[8]. Once we understand that scribes recorded many of the Psalms as they were sung spontaneously in the Tabernacle of David, we can begin to see the importance of prophecy in the practice before the ark of The LORD. It becomes clear that the spirit of prophecy active in the Tabernacle of David was strong and consistent when we consider the sheer bulk of prophecy concerning the coming of Christ that we find in the Psalms[9]. “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (1 Cor 14:1). Revelation from the Spirit of God in the word and in prophetic gifting[10] is an important foundational aspect for the establishment of the House of Prayer today.

[1] Specifically shown in I Chron. 16:6,37, and outlined by “worship teams” hour by hour for twenty-four hours in I Chron. 25.

[2] I Chron. 15:16,19.

[3] II Chron. 7:6; 20:13.

[4] II Chron. 5:13.

[5] This is an understatement. The King James Bible describes it as a “loud noise” in Psalm 33:3.

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

[7] All of this in the Psalms? There are too many examples to begin to cite. This should whet your appetite to search out the Psalms for yourself as in Acts 17:11.

[8] As so eloquently prayed for you in Eph. 1:17-19.

[9] “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” Rev. 19:10.

[10] This is described in many places throughout the Old Testament prophets, as well as in the gospels in John 16:13, and through the exhortation of Paul in I Cor. 14:4-6.

Excerpt fromWorship The Establishment

by 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 part 2

  1. CC says:

    What is the proof that Psalms were spontaneous songs in the tabernacle? I love that, but if I ever share that with people I want to be able to back up the fact.

    • jscotthusted says:

      The proof is in the history contained in the Bible. In I Chron. 15 & 16 David set up his tabernacle where he appointed 24-hour worship before the ark day and night. The account says that he worshiped there, as well as appointing Asaph and a small army of worshipers led by Asaph to “play lyres and harps”, “sound the cymbals”, and “blow the trumpets regularly before the Lord” vs. 16:5,6. We then find a whole book of worship songs called Psalms where we find “songs of David”, and songs written by Asaph, the Chief Musician. It’s easy to see, once you set the history set forth next to the book of Psalms! For more on this, get my book, “The Establishment” from

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