The Tabernacle of David

Contents and Foreword

by John McKinlay
a Jumac publication ©2007.

(Pathways. Book 5)


1. Introduction
2. Mountains
3. The significance of David
4. David and the anointing
5. The downfall of Israel
6. The two tabernacles
7. Conclusion


(Acts 15:16 KJV) After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up.

The study of the Tabernacle of David has been a strong motivation for change in some churches in their ministry of music and song. Many have adopted a more popular music emphasis, following the supposed lead given in David’s pattern of loud and joyous worship.

The greatest of all thoughts about church music however, is that it will bring into the hearts of all, be they young or old, a sense of harmony and peace. It is not enough to feature one kind of musical theme or type of presentation and limit the Holy Spirit to habitual forms.

The pattern given by David had strong historical themes in its music and song. The worship given was the finest the people could create. It was their gift to the Lord of Glory.

As the local church grows in worship and praise we enter more and more into the communion of the saints and join with all those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord in a great musical event that never ceases to sound across the earth. As with David the finest music written throughout the church age should be part of this symphony.

However the great lesson of David’s tent of meeting is not the music and song. David’s allegory presents to us a much greater revelation. The wonders of free access into the presence of God. This is the central thought of David’s Tabernacle.

(Heb 10:19-20 NIV) Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.