Day 20 – God’s Favorite House

Posted: May 3, 2010 in The Worship Dare

          A few years ago, Kevin Costner starred in a movie called “Field of Dreams” about a farmer who was walking through his cornfield one day and heard a voice speaking to him. The voice said, “If you build it… he will come.”

          He interpreted that the voice was telling him to build a baseball field in the corner of his cornfield on which the great ballplayers of the past could magically come back from the dead and once again play baseball. Sure enough, he goes ahead and builds the field and… one by one… old long dead ballplayers show up, as they were in their prime, to play baseball once more.

          One of the players asks the main character, “Is this Heaven?”, to which Costner responds, “No. It’s Iowa.”

          Another great scene in the movie is when the main character is reunited with his deceased father and plays catch with him out on the field. He did build it… and he did come, along with hundreds of people we see at the end of the movie who are inexplicably drawn to the field to witness these events.

          Nice movie. Touching, but it’s only a movie.

          Still… it makes you wonder… Is there something we could build here on earth that would draw God’s presence from his throne in heaven? Could it be that simple? “If we build it… He will come…” But what would we build that would be grand enough for God?

           How about Solomon’s Temple? It was clearly the grandest and most expensive ever built. Maybe we could recreate Moses’ Tabernacle! It was built to God’s specifications and used by the Israelites in the wilderness. Or maybe God would just like to see what we would come up with? Maybe some grand gothic design reaching high into the heavens or a painstaking display of artistic beauty like the Sistine Chapel?

          None of these are terrible ideas, but it just so happens that God does not desire any of these. Let’s look in scripture for a hint at what God desires for His house of worship.

Amos 9

 11 “In that day I will restore
       David’s fallen tent.
       I will repair its broken places,
       restore its ruins,
       and build it as it used to be,

 12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom
       and all the nations that bear my name,”
       declares the LORD, who will do these things. (NIV)

          This scripture is referenced by James in the book of Acts Chapter 15:

Acts 15

16” ‘After this I will return
      and rebuild David’s fallen tent.

   Its ruins I will rebuild,
      and I will restore it,
 17that the remnant of men may seek the Lord,
      and all the Gentiles who bear my name,
   says the Lord, who does these things
    18that have been known for ages. (NIV)

          Okay. Great! We have been told in scripture what God’s favorite  house of worship is. So what was so special about David’s tent (tabernacle) that God would desire it over the splendor and magnificence of the Chrystal Cathedral? What was the difference between it and God’s other places of worship? Compared to the standards of man, It was the poorest place of worship of all… so we must look at what it had instead of what it had not.

          It is believed David established worship in his tabernacle around the Ark of the Covenant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year… for an estimated 36 – 40 years.

1 Chronicles 9

 33 Those who were musicians, heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night. (NIV)

          This phrase “day and night” is seen throughout scripture as a phrase meaning continually or without rest. Here are some other examples:

Psalm 32

 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
         My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.  Selah  (NKJV)

1 Timothy 5

5The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 3

10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. (NIV)

1 Chronicles 6:31-32
31 Now these are the men whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after the ark came to rest. 32 They were ministering with music before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, and they served in their office according to their order. (NKJV)

          The Worship of David’s tent was meant to replicate the worship that God is receiving in Heaven at all times.

Revelation 5       

8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:

      “ You are worthy to take the scroll,
      And to open its seals;
      For You were slain,
      And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
      Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
       10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
      And we shall reign on the earth.”

          Although this is great in and of itself, let us not overlook the reason God gave in Amos 9:

Amos 9

12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom
       and all the nations that bear my name,”

          We learn in scripture that Esau is the father of the Edomites (Genesis 36). Through out scripture we see that the Edomites were constantly at war with Israel, doing battle and being enslaved… worshiping false idols and corrupting Israel with them (2 Chronicles 25). They were against Israel always, as the world is now against the church.

          God wishes to rebuild David’s fallen tent in order to possess the remnant of Edom.

Remnant:

1. a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.
2. a fragment or scrap.
3. a trace: vestige: remnants of former greatness

          God knows that in the world today, there are some who will come out of their sinful ways and find the Lord… a remnant of Edom. He is not willing that any should perish.

          We have learned a lot about Davidic worship in this study. Why? Because God has made it clear that he is interested in restoring Davidic worship. He wants to do it because it will draw out the remnant of Edom.

          David’s fallen tent. If we build it… they will come.

PRAYER FOCUS

          Lord, give me an attitude of worship to you, day and night, without ceasing. Let my life be a sweet aroma of praise rising to Your throne. Give me an attitude for worship like David had that I might be considered by You as one who is after Your own heart.

DAILY DARE

          Invite someone, not to church, but to worship. Demonstrate worship before them for the glory of God. If you obey God in your worship, The Holy Spirit will do the rest. Do this… to rescue the perishing.

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