Today I would like to
talk to you about the biblical Jewish roots of worship
The earliest biblical accounts of worship through the
patriarchs included; (1) The sacrifice of Abel, who
brought fat portions from the firstborn of his flock (Gen.
4:4); (2) Noah, who sacrificed "clean animals and birds"
to the Lord after coming out of the Ark (Gen. 8:20); and
Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mt.
Moriah, but in the end God provided a ram for the
sacrifice in place of Isaac (Gen. 22:13). All of these
acts of worship included "burnt offerings" and the
shedding of "blood".
This form of worship carried over into corporate worship
in the Tabernacle of Moses where the Levitical priesthood
was also established (scripture references are Ex. 25-40).
The Tabernacle of Moses consisted of three main areas; the
outer court, the holy place and the Holy of Holies. In
each of these three main areas were special "furnishings"
which establish a pattern of worship for believers in
In the outer court was the bronze altar of sacrifice. This
was the place where the animal sacrifices themselves were
presented as "burnt offerings" to the Lord. Also in the
outer court was the bronze laver, where the priests washed
before ministering to the Lord.
In the Holy Place (the second main area of the Tabernacle)
was the Table of bread, which had 12 loaves of consecrated
bread eaten by the priests from Sabbath to Sabbath. Also
there was the golden lamp stand which Aaron and his sons
filled with oil ever evening and morning to keep the lamps
burning. In the Holy Place there was also the golden altar
of incense. Aaron and his sons placed fresh incense on the
altar every evening and morning when they trimmed the
lamps. The fragrance of the incense "permeated" the "veil"
which separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies.
In the Holy of holies was the Ark of the Covenant, covered
by a lid which is called the "mercy seat", with two
cherubim, whose wings overshadowed the Ark. Between the
cherubim was the "She'cheenah", the glorious Presence of
The Tabernacle of Moses is a pattern for the praise and
worship of believers in Yeshua today. We enter His gates
and come into His "courts" with praise, says Psalm 100,
singing up-tempo songs, clapping, dancing, rejoicing,
giving wave offerings and shouting for joy. In this way we
are offering ourselves as "living sacrifices on the altar
of God" (Rom. 12:1). We are also being "washed by the
water of the word" as we sing these songs based on the
scriptures represented by the laver.
As we enter the Holy Place, a transition takes place. The
music slows down and we feed further upon the word, the
bread of life itself. Our minds are illuminated by the
fire of the Holy Spirit, represented by the lamp stand. We
place "fresh incense" on the altar as we "sing in the
Spirit" with "tongues of angels". The fragrance of pure
worship "permeates the veil "and pleases God.
The veil is parted and now we have access into the Holy of
holies, in a tabernacle pitched not by man, but by the
Lord Himself. As we enter in we are consumed by a cloud of
glory, fall down before the Throne of the Almighty, and
worship Him in Spirit and truth as a royal priesthood,
purchased by the blood of Yeshua.
Yesterday, we took a
closer look at the biblical Jewish roots of worship as we
examined the Tabernacle of Moses. We saw how the layout of
the Tabernacle served as a biblical pattern for the
worship of believers in Jesus (Yeshua) today. About 500
years after Moses built the Tabernacle in the Wilderness,
King David established a whole new order of worship in
Israel, different from the Mosaic sacrificial system of
"burnt offerings" and "animal sacrifices". It was called
the Tabernacle of David, according to I Chronicles
chapters 15 and 16.
David pitched a tent on Mt. Zion as a "resting place" for
the Ark of God, which represented the very Presence of
God, Himself. David then took from the Levites a singing,
music making, songwriting, prophesying, Spirit-filled
priesthood and commissioned them to continually give
thanks and praise to the Lord God of Israel (The Sparks
were Flying On Mt. Zion). David also danced before the
Lord with all his might as the Ark was being brought into
Jerusalem and placed in the tent on Mt. Zion, establishing
"dance ministry" as an important part of worship in
Israel. David also formed a temple orchestra of 4,000
members (I Ch 23:5), and a school of music and prophecy (I
Ch. 25:1-7). He also made the lifting up of banners an
important part of worship (Psalms 20:5).
In all of these things we see a pattern for the way the
church should praise and worship the Lord today; through
singing the psalms, most of which were written on Mt. Zion
under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; through the
writing of new songs that are also based upon the Word of
God and inspired by the Ruach Ha Kodesh (the Holy Spirit);
by playing our instruments skillfully before the Lord
(skill plays an important role in anointed worship); by
learning how to operate in the "prophetic realm" which
brings congregations into higher levels of worship;
through "dance teams" that understand the "biblical
precepts" of dance ministry and who know how to "flow" in
the Spirit; and through the making and lifting up of
banners as we worship the Lord in the splendor of His
All of the above is anointed worship before the Lord. They
are all scriptural, and they are all for the church today.
Through the prophet Amos, in chapter 9, verses 11&12, God
said that in the last days He would restore the Tabernacle
of David, and that the Gentiles would be a part of it, as
well as Jewish believers. This was further confirmed by
Yeshua's disciples in Acts 15.
Davidic praise and worship is part of the restoration of
the church to its biblical Jewish roots in the Messiah
At the Tabernacle, here in Branson, Missouri, we place an
emphasis on Spirit-filled Davidic praise and worship.
Please come and worship with us as we exalt Yeshua, King
of kings and Lord of lords!
For the past few days
I've been speaking to you about the biblical Jewish roots
of praise and worship. In particular, we have examined the
Tabernacle of Moses and the Tabernacle of David, and we
have seen how they both establish a biblical pattern for
the way believers in Yeshua (Jesus) should praise and
worship the Lord today. Scripture references for the
Tabernacle of Moses and the Tabernacle of David can be
found in Exodus chapters 25-40 and I Chronicles chapters
Today, I would like to speak to you about the connection
between "praise" and "spiritual warfare", because
according to the Scriptures, praise is often on the
"frontlines of the battle". According to Gen. 29:35, when
Leah, the wife of Jacob, bore her fourth son, she said
"now I will praise the Lord" and she named the child
Judah. The name "Judah" is pronounced in Hebrew "Y'hudah"
from the root word "Yadah" which means to "thank and
praise God with extended hands".
In the book of Judges, chapter 1, verses 1 & 2, after the
death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord "who shall
go up first to fight against the Canaanites?" The Lord
said "Let Judah go up first" or, in other words, let
"praise" be on the frontlines of the battle.
In a later account in the bible, according to II Ch. 20,
three enemy nations were coming to invade and make war
against King Jehoshaphat and as the people were seriously
praying to the Lord, the "Spirit of the Lord" came upon
Jahaziel, who was a Levite, and a direct descendant of
Asaph. He then prophesied and said, "Do not fear, for the
battle is not yours, it belongs to the Lord…only place
singers on the frontline of the battle. Early the next
morning Jehoshaphat placed singers at the head of the army
and they sang "Hodu L'Adonai Ki le olam chasdo" which
means "give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures
forever!" As they sang, God sent "confusion into the camp
of the enemy" to the point where all three enemy nations
began to slaughter each other. But He sent "victory into
the camp of the righteous" and delivered Jehoshaphat and
the people of Judah from their enemies and gave them great
What kind of battle are you facing today? What kind of
enemy are you facing today? The biblical and spiritual
principles remain the same for God's people today in
"spiritual warfare". Eph 6:12 says, "We wrestle not
against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high
Whatever opposition you may be facing, take your position
on the front lines of the battle and stand firm in the
Lord! Lift up your hands in praise and sing "give thanks
to the Lord for His love endures forever". Watch Him throw
your enemies into complete confusion and give you the
Remember, the battle belongs to the Lord, and if God be
for you, who can be against you!
Yesterday we took a
closer look at the connections between "praise and
warfare" and how praise is often on the frontlines of the
battle. We saw examples of this in Judges 1:1,2 when God
said, "Let Judah (which means "praise") go up first to
fight against the Canaanites". We saw another example of
this in II Ch. 20, when three enemy nations were coming to
attack King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah. God told
Jehoshaphat to place singers on the frontlines of the
battle, which he did, and the Lord sent all three enemy
nations into complete confusion slaughtering one another,
but to Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah, God gave a
Perhaps you're fighting some battles today against
spiritual enemies. If you are, listen to the words of this
song and remember that deliverance comes through praising
the Lord! And if God be for you, who can be against you!
“Let Judah Go Up” is available on the
Mount Zion” CD
For the past few days, I've
been speaking to you about praise and worship. We've seen
the biblical Jewish roots of worship in the Tabernacle of
Moses and in the Tabernacle of David. We've also seen
connections between praise and spiritual warfare, how
praise is often on the frontlines of the battle. But one
of the greatest things about praising the Lord, is that it
brings forth the "fruit of joy", and the "joy of the Lord
is our strength" says He. 8:10. One of the Hebrew words
for "joy" is pronounced "simcha". Listen to the words of
this song, called "Simchat Adonai" which is one of the
songs we sing at the Tabernacle, and remember always to
praise the Lord, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!
“Simchat Adonai” can be ordered on the