Legacy Devotional: Day 6
The Davidic Tabernacle: A Place of
Praise and Worship
These days, when most of us hear the word “worship”, our minds automatically go to the portion of our Sunday service when music is playing, people are singing, and our hands are lifted towards heaven.
What you may not realise is that this was not the understanding the Israelites had. The Bible tells us that it was not until King David moved the Ark of God to the tent he prepared for it in Jerusalem that “regular worship of praise to God” (1 Chronicles 16:6-7, MSG) was established.
In a culture consumed with the ritual of animal sacrifice, David’s initiation of praise-centred worship was radical. It unified the people, bringing them from all over Israel into Jerusalem to sing before the Ark of God, and kept them unified in focusing on what mattered most: worshiping God, standing in His presence and seeking Him.
David continued to offer the sacrifices required by the law, but he knew that it was the heart response that truly mattered. His life was a vulnerable, expressive, wholehearted pursuit of God’s presence through ups, downs and everything in between. He poured out every emotion to God and chose to offer the sacrifice of praise, encouraging the people of Israel to do the same on a daily basis.
The invitation remains for us today to come before God individually and corporately to worship Him with praise and thanksgiving. Singing to God may sound easy but true worship is not lip service: it comes from the heart and is a genuine desire to pursue God and honour Him to the best of our ability. When we make this decision, we enter His courts and experience the wonder, majesty and beauty of His presence.
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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.” - Psalm 100:4
“I don’t need the bulls you sacrifice; I don’t need the blood of goats. What I want instead is your true thanks to God; I want you to fulfil your vows to the Most High.” - Psalm 50:13-14
Key Passage: 1 Chronicles 16:1-37