By LINDA M. LINONIS
The Davidic Army of God Ministry takes its cue for its mission from Scripture.
The Rev. Marion C. Masters, founder, cites passages from the Bible about its praise and worship, the garments members wear and the instruments they play.
She founded the ministry in 2000. About 30 people participate, ranging in age from children to adults and representing various denominations. The ministry is participating today in Sunrise Global Ministries conference in Cleveland.
The Rev. Ms. Masters said the motivation to start the ministry “came from her love of the Bible and Israel.” She has visited the country nine times. It is the place where Davidic worship was birthed under David, king of Israel.
The ministry founder said passages in Scripture encourage music and dance as a form of worship. “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works” is from 1 Chronicles 16:9. Praise and worship practices encouraged by David included musical instruments, singing, chanting, clapping of hands, processions and dancing.
Ms. Masters said David set a “new tone of praise and worship.” David wrote about 80 percent of the Psalms, many of which mention singing as praising God. She said Psalm 150 is key. It reads, in part, “Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet. Praise Him with the harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dancing. Praise Him with the strings and the flute. Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, Praise Him with resounding cymbals ...”
Ministry information notes instruments used are pan flutes, tambourines, timbrels, sounding cymbals, drums and bells.
She also cited 1 Chronicles 15:16, “And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.”
In Exodus 39, she said, mention is made of garments. “And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the Lord commanded Moses” is from Exodus 39:1. The Scripture details how the garments should be made along with breastplates.
Ministry members wear various garments such as red and gold, blue and gold and white linen. Ms. Masters noted linen is another repeated reference.
Ms. Masters said the ministry also uses flags in it worship. That comes from “And in the name of our God, we will set up our banners” from Psalm 2:5.
“The Davidic worship is the revival fire of God’s glory. It is restoring the tabernacle of David’s praise, worship and teaching,” Ms. Masters said.
The ministry also uses a replica of the Ark of the Covenant. “Being in the presence of the Ark was being in the presence of God,” she said. She added that King David also brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.
Cheryl Cigoy of Cortland is dance captain and has been with the ministry for decade. Cigoy said her experience comes from ballroom dancing lessons and aerobic dancing. She said Psalm 150, “Praise him with the timbrel and dance,” is part of her inspiration to create choreography. The group has 20 dances in its repertoire and usually dances six at each event.
Cigoy said the group uses various music for the background, and adds some of its own instruments. A favorite is singer Paul Wilbur, who often performs in Israel.
Of the presentations, Cigoy said, “People feel the spirit rise up in praise and worship.”
Paul Jenkins of Yankee Lake Village is shofar captain of 10 participants. He has been involved since the beginning. He and his wife, Janet, who takes photos for the ministry, met Ms. Masters at an event where she had some shofars. Jenkins, who said he played trumpet in high school, said he “instinctively” knew how to sound it. A shofar is the horn of a ram or kudu, an African antelope.
Jenkins emphasized what the ministry does “is not a performance but worship.”
“I’m doing this for the Lord,” he said, adding he is “gratified by the experience.”
For more information, call Ms. Masters at 330-372-6011. The ministry meets at Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty.