Precious Death

I read the craziest verse the other day. “Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His holy ones.” (Psalm 116:15) How weird is that? As I have experienced the death of some wonderful people in my life, I have to say that I wouldn’t describe it as precious. So what could it possibly mean? As I looked it up, I found that the word that is used for precious connotes something of high value such as the value of a gemstone. The commentaries don’t seem to think that this verse means that God wants the death of the faithful, but rather they are so valued by Him as to be deemed worthy of a sacrificial offering. If you think about it a little, you can see what they mean. The death of someone who is unholy, or far from God, would be awful. In the end, they have chosen to remain separated, and that isn’t at all what God wants for them. The holy ones, however, have run well the race, and will be united with God in heaven. Nothing is more precious than that. Now, I get it.

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About Karen May

Child of God, wife, mom, author, teacher, musician
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