I’ve been reading through the Psalms during my morning devotional time, and the other day, this is the verse that stood out for me:
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15
Maybe it captured my attention because of the theme this month — death and dying. However, it made me think, “why?” Why would our death be precious to God? I think there are a couple of reasons.
First, God cares for us. Another Psalm, number 139, reminds us that God know us before we were born:
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written every one of them, the days that were formed for me …” Psalm 139:16
He knows everything about us, and everything that will happen to us from the day we are born to the day we die. More than any earthly parent, He is always interested in us, and compassionate toward us. In fact, He is remains with us, in joy, in grief, in all the experiences of life. We may not feel His presence, but He feels ours.
Which brings me to the second reason our death is precious to God. Death is a kind of home coming. Once we walk through that door, we will never again feel separated from God. We will experience His presence continually; our union with Him will be restored for all time. Like the Father in the parable, He will be eager to welcome us back. How precious is that?
“For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face-to-face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”1 Corinthians 13:12
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