The house of prayer is patterned after the “spirit of the Tabernacle of David.” It is an intentional, deliberate emphasis on extravagant worship and prayer. It was ordained by prophetic revelation to David through the prophets and paid for by kingdom revenue. It reveals that 24/7 prayer and worship was not a nice pastime but a serious project akin to an engineering marvel in the physical realm. Facilities, instruments, rehearsals, poetry and provision were all in place and choreographed for a masterful performance for an audience of One. It highlighted the extreme value the king and people put on their relationship with the Lord.
- Ordained by prophetic revelation – Day and night worship and prayer was the Lord’s idea and command! David commanded God’s people to honor the heavenly order of worship that he received by revelation because it was God’s command (2 Chr. 29:25; 35:4, 15; Ezra 3:10; Neh. 12:45). He [Hezekiah] stationed the Levites in the temple of the LORD with cymbals, harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David and Gad the king’s seer and Nathan the prophet; this was commanded by the LORD through his prophets (2 Chronicles 29:25).
- Paid for by the kingdom revenue
-Around 1,000 BC, David established 4,000 full-time paid musicians and singers and 4,000 gatekeepers.Of these, 24,000 were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and 6,000 were officers and judges, and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 were praising the LORD with the instruments which David made for giving praise. 1 Chronicles 23:4-5
-Israel was commanded to support the singers/musicians in the temple as a full-time occupation (1 Chr. 9:33; 16:37; 23:5; 25:7; 2 Chr. 31:4; 2 Chr. 8:12-14; 31:4-6, 16; 2 Chr. 34:9, 12; Neh. 10:37-39; 11:22-23; 12:44-47; 13:5-12).
- It was 24/7 – These musicians and singers sang day and night in the temple. Much of the music was composed and written by David, Asaph, later Solomon. The musicians and Levite family leaders stayed in rooms at the sanctuary and were exempt from other duties, for day and night they had to carry out their assigned tasks. (1 Chr. 9:33). By the employment of singers, musicians and intercessors, day and night, it is a real, physical declaration of the value we place on the person of Christ. Contrary to the idea that we worship for forty five minutes a week each Sunday, it reflects the heavenly worship where there is a ceaseless declaration of His worth. Something that the saints will be employed doing for all eternity. David’s Tabernacle was a reflection of the heavenly Tabernacle: They never rest day or night, saying:
“Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, Who was and who is, and who is still to come!” Revelation 4:8