Editor’s Note: The following has been adapted from the New Hope Prayer and Worship materials
PART 2 of 2
King David was the one who first established this day and night worship. This wasn’t just something David came up with himself. 2 Chronicles 29:25-36 tell us that it was God who instructed David to set it up this way.
The support of those providing the worship music was also established. An important thing to know is that it wasn’t just a good idea David had; 2 Chronicles 29:25 tells us that it was a commandment of the Lord.
The temple functioning as a place of continual prayer and worship is a sacred theme throughout Scripture. It is so much on God’s heart, because it is the place of encounter with Him. It attracts His attention when His people have zeal for it. This “Levitical calling” is an expression on earth of the continuous prayer and worship that is taking place around God’s throne in Heaven, and it is based on declaring the greatness of God and the worthiness of the Lamb (Revelation 4:8-11).
This continual prayer and worship on the earth is so essential to the release of the fullness of end-time revival before Christ’s return. The most emphasized aspect in end-time prophecy is the end-time worldwide prayer and worship movement that will spread, crying out to God for the injustice and oppression taking place.
When Israel went astray, God raised up reformers with a vision to restore worship as David had instituted it.
All seven “revivals” in the OT included restoring Davidic worship (under David and Solomon – 2 Chronicles 8:14; under Jehoshaphat – 2 Chronicles 20:19-28; under Jehoiada – 2 Chronicles 23:16-18; Hezekiah – 2 Chronicles 29:25-27; under Josiah – 2 Chronicles 35:3-15; under Zerubbabel and Nehemiah – Nehemiah 12:45-47).
We might be able to accomplish more politically by raising up and supporting prayer and worship centers across this nation, than we are by battling in the political arena.