Joyful In Prayer?
When King David brought back the Ark of the Covenant to the city of Jerusalem, instead of veiling the Ark with a curtain as Moses had done, David surrounded the Ark with musicians and singers, who continually offered up worship and prayer to God day and night without ceasing. That’s right, he placed it in a tent and established praise and worship mixed with music and prayer in the Tabernacle of David (1 Chronicles 15 & 16).
During his reign, there was constant praise and worship, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week before the Ark of the Covenant. For over 33years, they worshiped God wholeheartedly and He blessed the nation of Israel in mighty ways. God promised in Acts 15 that one day He will restore the Tabernacle of David. Harp and Bowl is a foreshadowing of that restoration, and what is done in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David.
Revelation 4 and 5 tells us that this is the kind of worship in heaven around the throne of God. The four living creatures and twenty-four elders fall before the Lamb. Each one holds a harp and a bowl. The harp represents music and the bowl represents the prayers of the believers.
Ephesians 5:19 instructs us to make music in our hearts to the Lord. Also, in 1 Thessalonians 5:16,17, we are told to be joyful always and to pray constantly. Harp and Bowl combines music and prayer, one enhancing the other; worship makes prayer enjoyable and sustainable for longer periods. This allows us to connect with the Holy Spirit and joyfully flow in our prayers. God promised in Isaiah 56:7 to give His worshipers joy in His house of prayer. Many are discovering that through joyful prayerthey are being drawn deeper into the heart of God.
I’ve been studying Isaiah 40 for a Series called “They That Wait.” WOW, what a wonderful study it is. While Israel was in Assyrian capitative, God begins to show them His Magnificence, Majesty and Might. Then He encourages His “captured people” to wait upon the Lord. The Hebrew picture here of “wait” is not necessarily about time , but a picture of gathering yourself (mind , will, emotions) and tying (binding) all that you are to the hope and expectations of the Lord. WOW! What a fresh revelation!
This goes along with Heb 6:17-20, “When God wanted to guarantee His promises, He gave His word, a rock-solid guarantee — 18 God can’t break His word. And because His word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. 19 It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God THE MESSAGE
Let’s face it we live in a dark world that seems to love it’s state. Sometimes light can be offensive to the darkness. However we are called to be light bearers of the one true light. Never let the darkness intimidate your passion, purpose, and priority to shine!