The Routine of the Tabernacle Worship

This morning I finished reading through the book of Exodus. The latter part of that book is largely about the instructions for making the components of the tabernacle, as well as the actual making of those components. The people gave willingly of what they had, and theĀ  people willingly worked to make the Tabernacle structure conform to God’s instructions. The end of Exodus has the Tabernacle completed, put together and the glory of the Lord descending upon it. Whenever the glory of God rested upon the Taberoutinernacle, the presence of God was there, but when the glory lifted, the people were to pack up the Tabernacle and follow the leading of the Lord to their next destination, and there to set up the Tabernacle again.

I got to thinking, there were a number of times when the Tabernacle had to be packed up, moved, and erected throughout the 40 years in the wilderness. There was no doubt a temptation to view the Tabernacle worship as tedious, monotonous, and routine. And yet, the people of God were instructed to faithfully and correctly erect the Tabernacle from place to place. They were also instructed to place the various pieces of furniture. They were not allowed to be innovative in placing the lamp stand, or the table of showbread, or the ark, or the other pieces wherever they wanted. They were bound to the instructions of God.

Could this kind of worship have gotten old to the people of God? Perhaps, if their minds and their hearts were not rightly thinking about what they were doing. It was not the fault of the instructions if they got bored in the routine of Tabernacle worship. It certainly was not God’s fault. Boredom in the routine of Tabernacle worship was the fault of the worshipper.

Put this into modern terms. Sometimes it might feel like our normal Lord’s Day services are routine, mundane, or monotonous. There is nothing wrong with routine. There is in fact something secure about the well-worn paths of worship that have been forged for us throughout Church history. Boredom in worship services is the fault of the worshipper, for worshipping Jehovah God is nothing short of a glorious event, no matter how long the message may be.

If we are going to worship God with vibrancy on the Lord’s Day, we must come already vibrant from our daily worship of God throughout the week. Having done so, our corporate singing will be filled with joy, our corporate prayers will be marked by humility, our corporate hearing of God’s Word will produce the response of obedience, and our corporate desire in all things will be for the glory of God alone.