Not many of us enjoy the topic of death. In fact, for most of us, it is a topic that we avoid until it is absolutely necessary. But the author of Psalm 116 made a rather significant statement that Christians can rely on with assurance, confidence and the hope that comes from being born again.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” What might this mean?
Certainly, we know that God is in control of our lives and everything that happens to the Christian. Nothing happens by chance because He is ultimately responsible for every event in our lives from our birth until our death. All of us have our individual obligation to Him and until our work is completed, death will not overtake us!
This verse also speaks of God’s compassion. The word “precious” means “costly” or “dear.” The death of a Christian is an object of great value to our Lord. All throughout our lives we have been born into the Kingdom of God and have His guardian angels surrounding us. Their very last responsibility is to carry us to be with Him eternally.
Another gracious implication in this verse is the consequences of death. There will be no more sadness or sorrow or suffering. We will be free from our worries and woes. When we are with our Lord we will enjoy the peace of His presence and the joy of being reunited with our family and friends. There will be no more feelings of separation or loneliness and the longings of our hearts will be filled with the promise of life with Him.
Prayer: How great is the hope in our hearts, Heavenly Father, as we anticipate being with You forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.