15Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
(Psalm 116:15, King James Version)
As we continue our devotional series entitled, "First Love," we have reached what is perhaps one of the most interesting, and often quoted verses of the Bible: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Sandwiched between verses that do not even seem to be related, the Psalmist makes a simple point. The death of the saints of God is precious in His sight.
As I read that verse, two questions came into my mind. The first question was, "Why?" The second question was, "What does one have to do to become a saint?"
Addressing the second question first, we must ask what is the significance of the word "saint" in the Bible. Does one have to do something extraordinary to be called a saint? Who has the right to determine if we have reached sainthood? The Biblical definition for a saint, is: anyone who has claimed the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Recognizing their sin before God, and their utter helplessness to do anything about it, they turn to Christ and accept the payment He made for them by His death on the cross.
In other words, all true believers are saints! Not only the great Christians of the Bible and the great heroes of the faith down through the annals of history, but all who are the children of God are the saints of God.
As a people who have been given a love of this life from our Creator, how can we say that death is precious? Death certainly does not seem to be precious to us, especially if we have lost a close and intimate relative or friend. However, for the saints of God, God views their leaving this earth as a precious death! Precious in His sight is the death of the saints of God.
We do not often stop to think of God's relationship to us. As His children, He not only has a vested interest in us, but He loves us with a love we cannot even comprehend. The day of our death, though viewed as a sad event in this life, is greeted with joy and singing by the angels of God and those believers who have left this life before us. I think it is not amiss to say that the first hand of welcome we receive when we enter the gates of heaven, will be the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.
It is a day of joy and singing praises, for another lost sheep has entered His eternal home. Gone forever are the effects of sin on the environment in which we will find ourselves, and gone forever will be our own sin waging a war against us. If we truly love those who have gone to be with the Lord, would we really want them to have to leave such a glorious place and return here to us? No, we would not!
So, let us view the death of God's children from His perspective. Yes, we grieve, but we do not grieve as one who has no hope! Neither do we grieve for one who is gone forever, for we will soon be with them if we are truly God's child. Whether it is days, months, years, or decades, it is still a short space of time compared to all eternity.
Death: our passing from this life to an eternity with God, is indeed a precious death!
God Bless You,