Reading: Psalm 116:15
Verse 15: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
Most translations of this verse use the word “precious”. It is a unique word choice in an odd little verse stuck in the middle of a Psalm that otherwise rejoices over God’s presence to us and His hand at work in blessing our lives. A better word might be “weighty” – as in, death is weighty. This word better conveys how the death of His saints must feel to God. After all, God gives us life – He breathes physical life into us at birth and then later God breathes the Holy Spirit into us when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. When God pours so much into us, then maybe death would be a little weighty for God.
This little line is also a good reminder for us. Yes, God is always present to us. Yes, God rescued us from our sins. Yes, God loves us dearly. All are reasons to rejoice. But death is also a reality of life. In a way, this line reminds us that we need to be aware that in the midst of our rejoicing there are always others mourning. It calls us to be congnizant of and attentive to them. It also tempers our joy with a dash of reality.
This little line also reminds us that God’s love never fails. God’s love for us is always there. We are His dear children, both in life and in death. In turn, this reminds us to be steadfast in our love of God. We certainly find it easy to love God in the joyous times when all seems blessed by God. It can be harder to love God when we feel beset or when we are suffering. But we are called to love God despite the bad too. We are called to love God through the trials and suffering. God does not love us more sometimes and less other times. May our love of God reflect this as well.