"In the Midst of the Tent..."
“In the Midst of the Tent…”
King David declared to the people…
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
What was the context?
So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.
We read this yesterday.
Did anything leap out at you?
They had brought the ark of God.
It had been on a long, serious journey…(read the chapters before)
Where did they place the ark?
In the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it.
They may not seem much, but it is profound.
The Ark of the Covenant was to be in the Holy of Holies in the Mosaic Tabernacle.
Dozens of chapters in the Old Testament deal the with construction and implementation of Tabernacle life.
But David had pitched another tent.
Only the High Priest could enter in before the Ark of the Presence of God, and that on only one day a year.
Yet, David pitched a tent and entered before the Ark…as we see in the balance of the Word.
Why did God not strike him dead?
I believe it was because of what God said of David…
And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.'
The Lord knew the heart of David.
The Lord allowed David to come before Him.
The Lord desired for David to be before Him…to do His will.
While David had the Ark in his tent, the sacrificial system carried on in the Mosaic Tabernacle.
On one mountain, they had the Mosaic tabernacle with all its sacrifices, priests, etc…yet without the Ark.
Without the Presence of God!
On another mountain, a tent with a man bowed before the Ark.
David in the Presence of God.
I believe this to be a vivid picture of much of the professing organizational church today.
Busy with the appearance of exercising the faith, yet powerless and without the Presence of God.
May we be as David.