Bible Verse: Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15

Scripture Reading: Psalm 116:1-19

The Lord hears me. The Lord turns his ear toward me. He hears the cry of my heart.

What have I been crying out to the Lord for?

In this land of the living (Ps. 116:9) there is always stuff to cry about. The Psalms give us freedom and license to belt out like a little child every grievance, frustration and need that we feel in life. And, don’t we all know, life is full of stuff to belly-ache about.

If you’re a parent, sometimes the belly-aching of children gets on your nerves. The grumbling grates on us after a while, but Psalm 116 seems to indicate God can handle it. And, not only simply to listen, but to act in response. He doesn’t always do what we want, but he will do what is good and holy as we position ourselves as his servants and are as ready to acknowledge the undeserved good and benefits he has bestowed as we are the messy stuff (Ps. 116:12).

This leads to a strange thought toward the end of the Psalm: the precious death of saints who have lived with this perspective while they were in the land of the living (Ps. 116:15). You know some of these saints; those people who had much to cry out about, and even did, but they were humble, holy servants who trusted the Lord and overcame. They grumbled, but were not grumblers. They complained, but were not complainers. They were saints. They were shining lights of faithfulness and the examples of what we are called to. Can you name some of these saints? How are you becoming one?

— Phil Wagler, Promise Keepers Canada

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