King David was a man of “one thing” (Psalm 27:4). Around 1000 BC, as an outflow of his heart, he commanded that the Ark of the Covenant be brought up on the shoulders of the Levites amidst the sound of songs and musical instruments to his new capital, Jerusalem. There he had it placed in a tent and appointed 288 prophetic singers and 4,000 musicians to minister before the Lord, “to make petition, to give thanks and to praise the Lord” day and night (1 Chronicles 15:1–17:27). This was unlike anything that had been done in Israel’s history, but it was God’s plan for Israel.
Please note that during the time of the reign of Kind David and this day and night worship…there were no wars in Jerusalem for 33 years. It was a time of peace for the city! David was continuously victorious in wars. King David had appointed 4,000 singers and musicians for service in the Tabernacle (1 Chronicles 23:5). During his reign, they prayed and sang praises 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Ark of the Covenant was present.
Point to Ponder: “God wants to change our song. When we come into agreement with what the enemy says about us that becomes our song. If we come into agreement with what God says that will be our song.” – Ray Hughes
The Davidic Order of Worship
Although the tabernacle was replaced by a temple, the Davidic order of worship was embraced and re-instituted by seven subsequent leaders in the history of Israel and Judah. Each time this order of worship was reintroduced, spiritual breakthrough, deliverance and military victory followed.
- Solomon instructed that worship in the temple should be in accordance with the Davidic order (2 Chronicles 8:14–15).
- Jehoshaphat defeated Moab and Ammon by setting singers up in accordance with the Davidic order: singers at the front of the army singing the Great Hallel. Jehoshaphat re-instituted Davidic worship in the temple (2 Chronicles 20:20–22, 28).
- Joash (2 Chronicles 23:1–24:27).
- Hezekiah cleansed and reconsecrated the temple, and reinstituted the Davidic order of worship (2 Chronicles 29:1–36; 30:21).
- Josiah instituter Davidic worship (2 Chronicles 35:1–27).
- Ezra and Nehemiah, returning from Babylon, reinstituted Davidic worship (Ezra 3:10; Nehemiah 12:28–47).
Historians have also speculated that around the time of Jesus, in their search to find communion with God, the Essenes of the Judean wilderness reinstituted Davidic worship as part of their life of prayer and fasting.
Point to Ponder: “Shut the world out, withdraw from all worldly thoughts and occupations, and shut yourself in alone with God, to pray to Him in secret. Let this be your chief object in prayer, to realize the presence of your heavenly Father.” – Andrew Murray