Praise was an important part of worship in the Tabernacle.
David brought the Ark to Zion and placed it in a tent which we call the Tabernacle of David.
It is interesting to note that God did not direct David to place the Ark in the Tabernacle of Moses, but for the rest of David’s life, and until Solomon’s Temple was built, the Ark of God’s Presence resided in the Tabernacle of David.
1 Chronicles 16:1,4-9,31,34 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.
And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the LORD God of Israel … Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals; Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God.
And on that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the LORD.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Instruments for Worship
There were many instruments used in worship in David’s Tabernacle.
Psalms 150:1-6 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with high sounding cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
In this one short psalm, David listed seven instruments which were to be used in praise to God. The final and most important “instrument” is our voice.
Power of Praise and Worship
- Glory Cloud
When the Ark was brought from David’s Tabernacle to Solomon’s Temple, the priests and the people praised the Lord until His glory filled the Temple.
2 Chronicles 5:13,14 Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.
Pattern for Church
Because the Ark of the Covenant was allowed to be seen for forty years, the Tabernacle of David is a pattern of the church corporately and individually worshipping God.
Acts 15:16,17 `After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.’
James was quoting the prophet, Amos, in this scripture.
Amos 9:11,12 “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” says the LORD who does this thing.
God is restoring, spiritually, the Tabernacle of David. Surely He will restore all forms of worship ascribed to that Tabernacle in the body of Christ.