Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion” (Psalm 134:1, 3).
Strange time for adoration, you say, to stand in God’s house by night, to worship in the depth of sorrow –it is indeed an arduous thing. Yes, and therein lies the blessing; it is the test of perfect faith. If I would know the love of my friend I must see what it can do in the rainy season. So with the Divine love. It is easy for me to worship in the sunshine when the melodies of life are in the air and the fruits of life are on the tree. But let the song of the bird cease and the fruit of the tree fall, and will my heart still go on to sing? Will I stand in God’s house by night? Will I love Him in His own night?
When everything is going in our favour and there are no distractions, we live in abundance and praise the Lord for a plentiful harvest. When there is the opposite we question the same God we were praising the day before and seems like the tables are turned around. That is not the way a Christian worship the Lord.
Will I watch with Him even one hour in His Gethsemane? Will I help to bear His cross in the way of what appears to be misery? Will I stand beside Him in His dying moments with Mary and the beloved disciple? Will I be able with Nicodemus to take up the dead Christ? Then is my worship complete and my blessing glorious. My love has come to Him in His humiliation. My faith has found Him in His lowliness. My heart has recognized His majesty through His mean disguise, and I know at last that I desire not the gift but the Giver. When I can stand in His house by night I have accepted Him for Himself alone.