Friday, October 26, 2012

Amos 6-9: The Tabernacle of David Restored

Amos 9:11-12

Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David, the fallen hut or booth, and close up its breaches; and I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old,
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom and of all the nations that are called by My name, says the Lord Who does this.

Tabernacle of David...
A tabernacle is a tent or house of worship.  The tabernacle of David refers to the type of worship that King David demonstrated.  His worship was not defined by tradition or the current societal norm, but was an expression of whole-being devotion to his God.

What is meant by Davidic Worship?

"The phrase 'Davidic worship' simply means worship in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David, that is, worship that is an act of the whole person, not just the intellect. The worship of David's Tabernacle included singing, instrumental music, standing, kneeling, bowing, upraised hands, clapping and dancing. Davidic worship fulfills the command of Jesus to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength'" (Mark 12:30). from the tabernacle of David website

In other words, a person's lifestyle worships God.  

  • How a person speaks reveals the content of their heart.  
  • A person who mistreats others is not living a lifestyle of worship. 
  • It doesn't matter how a person expresses worship in a church service, if his heart doesn't continue to be submitted in worship outside of church.

The evil one stands against this whole-being, lifestyle worship.  he would rather seduce us into believing that the mere acts of dancing or singing a song or attending a service exempts us from submitting our hearts to God 24/7.

The evil one also stands against passionate, whole-being expressive worship saying, "You're overly emotional"  or  "You're attempting to draw attention to yourself" or "You're taking this Jesus thing a little too far."

The pharisees of Jesus day stood against the whole-hearted worship of the woman who washed Jesus feet with her tears.  (Luke 7:37-50)

"How could Jesus allow a sinner woman to touch Him?"

Jesus came to set the captives free, those in captivity to sin. The woman sinned, Jesus set her free and her undignified worship followed.  She symbolizes the transformation that Jesus desires all of us to undergo.

Realizing our great need to be set free from sin, crying out to Jesus to save us and responding by dedicating our whole self to Him, summarizes God's intent.  Whole-being worship follows this powerful encounter.

Holy Spirit, please don't allow any person or thing subdue our worship of You inside or outside of a church service.  Empower us to submit ourselves to You every moment of every day through our lifestyle.  In the great and awesome name of Jesus!  AMEN!!! 

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