What do you think about when you hear the word “precious”? What a precious word! I love to see a child do something special and hear the comment “That was precious!” We have “precious” moments in life we never want to forget and would make them last forever if we could. However they are but a moment in time such as: The moment we say “I do” to the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with. The moment we find out we are going to be parents. The moment a baby is born. The moment we get the new job. The moment we see the “A” on a test we studied so hard for, and the list goes on.
Perhaps you are aware of the “Precious Moments Company” which creates figurines, dolls, coloring books, and the like. Each teardrop-eyed child they create is meant to share a special moment in life. The creator, Sam Butcher, is a Christian artist with a desire to share his heart of joy in the knowledge that the Lord leads him. His intention in the beginning of drawing these teardrop-eyed children was to encourage and comfort his family and friends. He called them “Precious Moments” because they spread hope-filled messages of love, caring, and sharing. You can read more about this precious ministry at www.pmcdolls.com
Sometimes the word “precious” comes up in my conversations with the Lord. I find Him to be very precious to me. Lately I have pondered why I use that word and what does it really mean. Before studying the word I thought of the feelings it evokes or the attitude I have towards that which I feel is precious. Words I came up with are rare, special, fragile but strong, unique, and valuable.
Upon further research we learn “precious” means highly valued, much loved, and considered to be of great importance. It is something rare or unique therefore is to be treated wisely and with care. It is something not to be wasted. Synonyms which give us a larger portrait of the meaning for “precious” are valuable, costly, prized, expensive, dear, loved, treasured, and cherished to name a few.
Very often I find myself saying “Lord, you are precious to me.” I am telling Him that I highly value Him, our relationship is unique, and is of the greatest importance to me therefore I will nurture it with wisdom and care. Friendship with God is precious to us. We cannot waste such a precious love. God is far too valuable to not give daily attention to Him. The relationship we enjoy with God is a prized and expensive commodity. It cost Him His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, in order for us to have the benefit of this extraordinary rare connection with the Lover of our souls.
In Psalm 139:17 we read “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” There is an interesting variation in the original meaning of “precious” in this verse meaning “to be heavy” or “hard to understand”. In other words, the thoughts God has of us are so precious and great in number it is difficult to comprehend. Therefore we rest under the heaviness of God thoughts, marveling at the sum of His attentions toward us. This heaviness is not a burden.
It is like the heaviness of a wool quilt on a winter night, encompassing us under the warmth of its folds, shielding us from the cold outside our beds. Perhaps some of you reading this will not be able to relate if you have only lived in well-heated homes and experienced the pleasure of “down” comforters which are warm but lightweight. But I remember some heavy quilts at my grandparent’s home. There was no heat upstairs where we slept so we would stay downstairs by the wood stove as long as possible before bedtime. When the time came for sleep we would run as fast as we could up the stairs and under the covers. The rooms were freezing and so were the beds. The quilts were SO heavy because they were made from wool, usually with another layer or two of material between the wool. Lightweight “batting” had either not yet been discovered or was not available to Grandma when she made the quilts. Just getting under the covers took quite a bit of effort because of the heaviness. Once we were able to get in and under, we felt like a great amount of weight had just been placed over our tiny bodies and we were unable to move. It was still cold at first, but in short order, the wool quilt along with our natural body heat worked together to create a cozy comfortable place to rest. It was probably the only time in my life where I woke up in the same position I went to sleep in because I could not move under the heaviness of the quilt.
The heaviness of God’s thoughts toward us work in the same fashion. Once we are able to get it in our spirits that God thinks of us incessantly we feel this tremendous weight making it nearly impossible to move under His presence. It is a glorious weight. We are caught in the warmth of His embrace which works together with our love for Him creating a place of contentment. And we rest! We cannot understand how He thinks about us or the sum of them, but we know it is good! The next verse gives the same picture of security in the presence of God as I felt when I awoke in the same place under the heavy quilt as when I fell asleep. Verse 18 says, “If I should count them (His thoughts toward us), they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.” Our God is VERY precious!
In these verses we are telling God how precious His thoughts are toward us. In Isaiah 43:4 God reveals how precious we are to Him. “Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you…” It is the same meaning for “precious” meaning we are heavy in the sight of God. He is filled with love and passion for His people. He honors and loves us. How incredible is the emotion stirred in us knowing we are precious to God! I might say it is more precious than I can bear!
Beloved, we must understand this precious relationship we enjoy with God is because Jesus Christ redeemed us with His precious blood. He paid the price for the sins of humanity through His death on the cross. We read in 1 Peter 1:17-19 “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your father, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” The blood of Jesus is to be held in honor, esteemed, and considered especially dear to us, children who call on our Father! The blood of Jesus Christ is precious! Let us never forget and always live in the reality of the cost for our salvation.
The blood of Jesus is precious and Jesus Himself is precious. We read in 1 Peter 2:6-7 “Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’ Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious…”
The chief cornerstone laid in Zion is Jesus Christ. He is to be held in honor and prized. To those of us who believe, He is precious or highly honored! Literally here, “He is precious”, means He is “judged worthy to receive our praise!” When we withhold our praise from Jesus Christ, it reveals our true belief because “To you who believe, He is precious” or “He is worthy of praise”. If we believe we will praise Him for He is judged WORTHY to receive our praise. I pray we all find ourselves enveloped in the precious arms of God, completely overwhelmed in the heaviness of His presence! Enjoy Him! He is truly precious!