With Solomon's building and Moses' as well, incense constantly filled the atmosphere and evening sacrifices were always ascending before the Alter of the Lord. David, however, had a revelation of a place of worship that was freely filled with the prayers of worshipers and the responsive presence of the Holy Spirit By divine revelation, David saw the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ worshiping in Spirit and in Truth. Replacing the animal sacrifices were the living bodily sacrifices which would be "holy and acceptable unto God which is a reasonable service." (Romans 12:1) These living offerings would offer up continual praise, with joyful thanksgiving; the House of the Lord would be place of participating prayer for all people. (Matt. 21:13)
Consider the following Psalms that David wrote and sang his Tabernacle:
"Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving..."( Ps. 95:2) David identifies the welcoming presence of God to those that bring thanksgiving before Him. And in Psalms 100:4 "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise..." These two ingredients were to replace the prerequisite of the blood of animals after the Lord Jesus cleansed all things by His blood. (Hebrews 1:3) The Lord's atonement fulfilled the animal sacrificial system of the Old Covenant. (Hebrews 7:27) David "saw" the finished works of Calvary and perfected praise, and released joyful participation for all who would come to the Lord with thanksgiving in their heart.
Psalms 141:2 declares:"May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice." The liberty in King David's Tabernacle mirrored the coming freedom of the New Testament Church. Instead of a constant fire of burning incense, would be the consistent flames of heartfelt prayers wafting their way to the throne room of Almighty God. Instead of the sight of the evening sacrifice, would be the sight of sanctified saints raising their hands in adoration, praying always for all believers everywhere. ( I Timothy 2:8)
In addition to the liberty of joyful worship, praise and thanksgiving, the Tabernacle of David identified the coming priestly authority that all believers would enjoy. As worshipers entered the Tabernacle of David they came with hearts full of love and devotion to Almighty God. They did not have to pass through the priest to worship. Their worship was spontaneous and unpretentious. The requirements of the other Tabernacle demanded a priest be an intermediary to access the Almighty. When Jesus became our sacrificial lamb, he opened the heavenlies and declarations were made that all believers were now of the priestly order; " But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (I Peter 2:9, Rev. 1:6, Rev. 5:10)
David, the man after God's own heart, illustrated by the Spirit, a system of approaching God based on thanksgiving and praise. He "saw" a time would all people would be priests and kings before Almighty God, all based on the finished works of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father. We may all enter His presence through Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life. Let His blood cleanse us, His Spirit fill us and His power propel us into perpetual praise and thanksgiving for His goodness to the sons and daughters of man!