Empty Cross Ministries Daily Devotional for July 30, 2018

 

Empty Cross Ministries

Daily Devotional

Psalm 116:15 KJV

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

As I contemplate the death of my Dad last April and the death of my Mother six years ago, I keep coming back to this verse in God’s Word. Notice that I have lost both of my parents, now I know that I am not the only one that is fresh out of parents, that knowledge does nothing to ease the pain nor does this verse accomplish that. What this verse does though is offer a great deal of comfort. Lets look at this verse once again:

Psalm 116:15

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Now just read that verse and take a few minutes to just let it sink in, not to your brain, but to your heart.

I really had a rough time coming to grips with this verse. I struggled long and hard with it. It was through that struggle that I realized I was being self centered and that I was blinded to the message of this verse by my grief. What exactly does this verse mean?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Ps. 116:15).

This verse from Psalms turned my thoughts to how the Lord saw the passing of my Mom & Dad. . Something “precious” is something of great value. Yet, there is a larger meaning here. There is something in the death of a saint that transcends our grief over their absence.

Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones)” (The Amplified Bible). Another paraphrase says, “His loved ones are very precious to him and he does not lightly let them die” (The Living Bible). God is not flippant toward death. The marvel of His grace and power is that, as believers, our loss of life on earth also brings great gain.

Today we have only a glimpse. One day we’ll understand it in the fullness of His light.

So when my last breath
Shall rend the veil in twain
By death I shall escape from death
And life eternal gain. —Montgomery

Empty Cross Ministries

Rev.Dr. David Stembaugh

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