Governmental Keys from the Life of David

Be Blessed,

Jill Austin

This study is broken into these sections:

1. Behind the Veil: Heaven Touching Earth in Worship and II Samuel 6
2. An Invasion of the Glory of the Lord
3. The Ark of the Covenant
4. The Cry of the Lord’s Heart
5. 400 Years without the Word of the Lord
6. David: The Braveheart
7. David’s Big Surprise
8. A Living Ark with the Shekinah Glory
9. Being Vulnerable with Jesus
10. God Wants YOU to Carry the Ark of His Covenant


 


Part 1: Behind the Veil: Heaven Touching Earth in Worship

Rev 4:1 - After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’

My goal in worship is to get behind the veil. My passion is His presence. His presence is manna that must be sought after and received every single day or it becomes stale. There is one thing that God cannot deny - hunger for Him.

How hungry are you? Are you willing to passionately press through into His presence? Beloved, He must first deal with your heart. One key to unlock worship is first asking the Lord if there is anything hindering us in our heart. As I work through stripping off all sin and self before the Lord, it is as though I trade in my rags for His robes of righteousness. Then, He can begin to give you His heart, His purposes, His love for you and His people.

During worship there is so much activity happening in the supernatural. It is when the creative presence of the Lord God touches His people. Some people see pictures, hear Scriptures, get a word of knowledge, or hear His voice. All of it is valid, real and scriptural. But, what does worship really do?

Worship moves the very heart of God and changes the very heart of man. It takes only a few seconds of a face-to-face encounter with the manifest presence of God to change the course of human history for you, your city, or your nation.

In the Old Testament, His presence was often referred to as the Shekinah glory, the fire of divine visitation. God would literally come to visit His people. In II Chronicles 5:14 the glory of God filled Solomon’s Temple and the Priests could not stand to minister. The thick weight of the presence of God would settle in so heavily that people would have to lay flat on the floor, prostrate before Him. Never underestimate the power of worship.

Worship is encountering Him. It is an invitation to the place where angels cannot go, beyond the very boundary lines in heaven where God will whisper to you the secrets of His burning heart. You will hear the love songs of God’s heart and return them back as songs to Him.

It’s so easy to breeze through a familiar passage, but I hope you will pause and really take time to read these verses, asking the Lord for fresh revelation. What is God really saying by telling this story?

II Samuel 6:
“Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baal Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.

So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.

And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark.

Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.

And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.

Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah (“the breaking forth upon Uzzah”) to this day.

David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?”

So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.”

So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom the City of David with gladness.

And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed Oxen and fatted sheep.

Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. The David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.

And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.

Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his own house.

Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”

So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all of his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.

And I will be even more undignified that this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”

Therefore Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no children to the day of her death.”

作者簡介

吉爾‧奧斯汀(Jill Austin)是Master Potter(大陶匠事工) http://www.masterpotter.com的創辦人,也是按立的女先知。曾經得過陶藝大獎的她,結合了音樂、戲劇和藝術的表現手法,在世界各地述說「大陶匠」耶穌的故事。接下來,她的工作重心逐漸由陶藝轉向講臺服事,透過神蹟奇事,帶下救恩、醫治和釋放。過去二十八年,她經常受邀到世界各地的特會中擔任講員,並且經常出現在「七百俱樂部」、PTL、和TBN等廣播電視節目中。Jill Austin曾在密蘇里州堪薩斯市的「禱告先鋒學校(Forerunner School of Prayer)」擔任教席。她以八年的時間完成長篇小說Master Potter(中譯版尚未問世)成為美國當今文壇足以和「Harry Potter哈利波特」對抗的基督奇幻文學作品,書中以擬人化手法,描述破碎器皿遭到世人棄絕,大陶匠(耶穌)卻一一撿回、重塑生命的旅程。2004年夏天,她聽見神清楚的呼召,要她搬到加州洛杉磯,目前她住在橘郡,繼續寫作新書並教導,也因2006年底膝蓋手術的恢復復原而在家中療養。

 

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