As Chief Justice William Rehnquist (in failing health) administered President Elect George W Bush’s oath of office for a second time, the American church viewed the major spiritual warfare of the next four years. Vacancies on the Supreme Court are coming.
When spiritual darkness loses at the ballot box (abortion and homosexual rights supporters lost significant Senate seats) it historically moves to advance its agenda in the courts. The looming war over judicial appointments will be won or lost in the spirit by how the church prays!
One of the keys to victory is understanding the prophetic restoration of Acts 15:15-18, “And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: ‘After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up, So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the LORD who does all these things.’ Known to God from eternity are all His works.” The tabernacle of David had a very powerful purpose initially and that same purpose is prophesied for an end-time harvest. David had mighty men of which it is said, “One could put a thousand to flight and two, ten thousand.” What was the secret of their power?
It is assumed that 24/7 day and night worship was the key to the power to prevail over all Israel ’s enemies. Close examination of First Chronicles 16 and David’s Psalms reveals another foundational ingredient. David wrote the very first Psalm sung before the Ark in his tabernacle. Many other Psalms have the same components. While David and his mighty men fought in the field, Asaph and the other singers were appealing for covenant judgment necessary for salvation from the enemy!
Psalm 149 makes this progression very clear: “Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishment on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment – This honor have all His saints.” The first six verses exhort us in praise and worship while the last three tell us what to do in that atmosphere. Our problem as a church is we don’t know David as he is revealed in Scripture and consequently have little faith in Jesus the Judge!
Month by month we will explore the essence of David the worshipping warrior and what this prophetic pattern means for the church today! It takes one level of faith to pray a godly man into a “Supreme Court vacancy” and an entirely different level to move God to create the vacancy. David would never have hesitated at either level!