The God Who sees in The Dark
“Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord, Who serve by night in the house of the Lord!”
Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons.1”
By Reverend Ray
During the time of the ceremonial worship of the Tabernacle and the Temple, thousands of Levites were employed in the ministry of service. We are often more familiar with those responsibilities of the High Priest and descendants of Aaron as they ministered in the sacrifices, incense and the bread of the Tabernacle worship than those Levites who were employed the custodianship of the facilities of the Tabernacle and Temple.
The bloody ritual of the daily sacrifices along with all the personal sacrifices and offerings that were administered in a day, left the furniture and utensils of the service soiled and unfit for use the following day if not for the humble, behind the scene, labor of those assigned the responsibility of cleaning the temple and all the implements for worship. Each night, Levites given these chores would enter the Tabernacle or Temple to clear and prepare for the morning sacrifice. Thus, under the cover of darkness in the still of evening hours, they labored in obscurity and even oblivious to the greater Jewish community.
The Psalter in this Psalm cited above pauses to note that these humble servants of the Lord are not overlooked by the eye of God. God is the God who sees in the dark. Jesus had reminded His audience in the Sermon on the Mount of God’s keen insight into those things done in secret. He said” “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees; what is done in secret will reward you.” (Matt. 6:3-4) In such teaching, Jesus gives to us a model for right motive in service to God and assurance that every mundane thing in life that is done with the glory of God intended is never overlooked by the God Who sees in the dark.
Where our attitude in life is framed by the motive of finding pleasure in delighting in God and His glory, we can be certain that no mundane task of life is beyond God’s notice. The Apostle Paul instructs us; “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31) The seventeenth century layman, Brother Lawrence was such a man that embraced the importance God places on even the simplest tasks and deeds of life. He observed; “Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?2”
Perhaps the glitter and showbiz culture of modern Christianity has robbed us of a very vital and important truth once again that had been once before lost for several hundred years in the teaching of the church. We have come to view the everyday things of life as non-essentials to God. We have forgotten the teaching of Martin Luther that taught that every man, whether the butcher, farrier or the housewife does as much honor and glory to God when he goes about his daily duties with the attitude that he is doing it to the glory of God as any priest or preacher in any era.
Much of the contemporary Christian mindset is that unless we are doing something spectacular or noteworthy for God we are of little importance or significance in God’s plan. This is spiritual hogwash!
He is the God Who sees in the dark and secret and a true labor for God is no secret to Him.
Dribble from the pen
1 Luther, M. (1996). Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the power and efficacy of indulgences: October 31, 1517 (electronic ed.). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
2 Galli, M., & Olsen, T. (2000). Introduction. In 131 Christians everyone should know (p. 272). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.