John 4:21-23 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
Acts 15:14-16 “Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:”
There is a culture in the Bible that we need to embrace. The Tabernacle of David was a dwelling place or a tent where worship took place.
This was brought up again by James when he talked about the gentiles coming into the church. Amos talked about it in Amos 9. When we hear about tabernacle, we go back to Moses. It was full of typology. The main piece of furniture was the ark of the covenant. It was hidden away behind a veil and only once per year and viewed and sacrificed at the ark.
David said they needed the ark. The tent doors were open. Everybody could see the glory of God in David’s church. There is something about David’s tabernacle that God said He would rebuild it. The references are very short and so you’ve got to do some research. When you read about David’s life, there was something reaching beyond Israel.
David was an Apostolic Pentecostal stuck on the wrong side of Calvary. Culture has nothing to do with nationality or language. David was trying to institute something he couldn’t do because God hadn’t robed Himself in flesh.
David set up praise and worship. You can’t help but recognize that David did things a little differently. He was a worshipper, body, soul, and spirit. He instituted singers, clapping, instruments, worship.
Psalm 48:1 “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.”
This kind of worship and praise is full, is whole-self worship and praise.
There can be a pendulum, ‘we’re a Word-based’ church. We dress nice and are dignified. But, what does the Word say about worship? There can also be a ‘we just love the Lord’ church. We don’t care what the Word says, we just express our worship and go crazy. David said we needed both.
David was a king and played the priest, wearing an ephod, and offered sacrifices and danced. We are a royal priesthood.
Prov 27:21 “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.”
We are tried and purified by God and this is revealed in our praise. Gold is tried by fire, a brave man is tried by adversity.
Suffering alone does not purify you. Your praise in the midst of suffering purifies you! God doesn’t change when you praise Him, YOU do!
There is a thread called worship that starts with Abraham. That worship involved sacrifice. Obedience and service to God are what worship is. It’s sacrificing when you don’t feel like it.
David had a son conceived in adultery. God’s judgement was the death of that child. He fasted for 7 days asking God to let him live. When he found out the child died, David went and worshipped. He accepted what God gave him and was obedient and served God no matter what. Through the worship and praise of your life, you will be purified.
David’s church wasn’t perfect, it was filled with folks who worshipped through it all. God wants us to shout and praise Him with our right mind. Know the Word and Praise Him with everything you’ve got!
Give sacrifices of praise to God. He responds to our praise at times, but He will not always change the situation, He will change you. In our response to life’s situations, God will change you.
There must be revelation in praise. Revelation will lead you to praise and praise will lead you to victory.
Psa 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Notice when you see a bunch of ‘I will’s’ in Scripture, you find out what the person’s will actually is.
Sin is nothing more than the expression of your will contrary to God’s will. When your will is in alignment with the Bible, praise is a result.
Psa 9:1-2 “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
As you praise the Lord, you are climbing a mountain. We’ve got to get praise and worship in every fiber of our being, not just on Sunday.
There are certain types of praise going on in David’s church:
Todah—to give a sign of surrender or peace, sacrifice of thanksgiving. Ps 50:23 “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” Like when a police officer pulls a gun, you put your hands up. This shows surrender. The hands go up, lifting our hands, as a surrender to God. This is submission to God. This is praise to God as a sign of surrender.
Yadda—Leah used this word when she gave birth to her fourth son, Judah, this means to throw up your hands and confess God’s attributes. Hands go up and are turned inward and are receiving revelation. This also involves confession. Judah went first in battle. This tribe is always first. You want salvation, you need to do something with your hands, surrender it to God. The shaking of hands was first instituted to show there were no weapons hidden. We come in peace with God to prepare you for salvation. If there is no peace, start confessing. Ps 96:4 “For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.”
Halal—to be clear, to shine, hence to make a show, to show out, clamorously foolish, to rave as if to play the madman, to make oneself ridiculous. This is whole body praise. Every fiber, muscle, every joint is involved in praise. Halal and Judah together make up the word hallelujah. Worship and praise together. I Sam 21:13-15 “And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me? Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?” David acted this way when he met an enemy was coming. It’s all right for people to think, ‘This place is filled with crazy people!’ It means to give everything you’ve got until there’s almost nothing left to give.
Worship is not just what you know. Just to know is not enough. Worship comes out in action. God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Knowing the truth is not enough. Worship is to ascribe value to something and show it. Jesus is worthy.
1Chron 23:30 “And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even;” To yadda and halal.
Ps 113:3 “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.”
The sun is always rising and setting no matter where you are on earth. Always praise the Lord.
Psalm 117:1 “O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.”
Doesn’t matter where you are or your nation or your people, praise the Lord! This is David’s tabernacle. He had thousands of people in his kingdom that were gentiles. The ark of the covenant was for everyone to see, even the gentiles. The thing that David tried to start was there in Acts when the church first got started.
Psa 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”
7 times a day I will halal.
Ps 150 “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 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 psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Here’s the problem with knowing: sometimes you forget.
Here’s the problem with feeling: sometimes you don’t feel it.
God is worthy no matter what you know, no matter what you feel!
Another word is ‘barack’ meaning to kneel, surrender of self. This is the final thing on this level.
The next level is prayer is warfare prayer. David had the anointing. He killed Goliath with his harp. More damage was done to the enemy with David’s harp than with his sword. He understood praise and worship. He blessed the Lord before the battle.
David made mistakes. He fell forward and God picked him up. David committed a sin worthy of death. He repented and took off his crown and his robe and worshipped God. He kneeled and surrendered to God. He gave his whole self to God and was forgiven. The strong grip of the law was reversed and New Testament came. The strong grip of the law was lifted by mercy because of worship and praise. Even in failure there was worship.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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