I recently read Psalm 116. It is a beautiful psalm about the grace and mercy of God in the face of trouble and death. I urge you to read the entire psalm, however one gem of a verse may catch your attention (as it caught mine):
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psa 116:15)
Did you catch that? The death of God’s people is precious to Him.
I looked up this verse in a modern translation because I was curious how modern scholars handle it. One such translation rendered it as:
The LORD’s loved ones are precious to him; it grieves him when they die. *
Have you ever thought about why the death of one of God’s children would be precious to Him? I can’t even pretend to think for God, but maybe God grieves because of the pain and heartache death causes for the living loved ones. Maybe God grieves because death was not part of His original creation and did not enter the world until man sinned.
On the positive side, I could think that the saint’s death is precious because that spirit is finally free from the trials of the world, the flesh, and the devil and is in the company of God. Maybe God values our relationship and fellowship so much that it makes Him happy to have one of His children close to Him in unhindered fellowship.
Maybe it is because…?
This verse reveals to me something about the heart of the Father. I am comforted knowing the God grieves with me over the death of one His dear children. My hope is that you are too.
* Scripture quotation is taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.