Memorable Scripture: Precious Death

Psalms 116:15
Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.

I tend to quote this verse more and more these days. I think it has much to do with my age and seeing so many of my friends, my age, dying.
I first read this verse as a young man in the late 1970’s while in college and I remembered it since.
Benjamin Franklin said, “…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That sounds rather bleak, being the two things each of us can surely expect.
The Bible takes it a step further with Hebrews 9:27 – and as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
Eccl 9:5 – The living know that they will die;
The Bible says much of death. Everyone dreads it and everyone can expect it.
It does not respect age and affects the young, the elderly, and all in between.
However, death has no effect on God. Jesus says, “I have the keys of Hades and of Death” (Rev 1:18) and “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25-26
For the non-Christian, death delivers no hope and no promise other than death.
For the believer, death is the pathway to eternal life with God. No wonder it is precious in His sight.
For the unbeliever, God offers a reversal of death’s hold to each of them through Jesus.

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