Psalm 4:3 “Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;”
[This is a most wonderful, mysterious statement. You have set your children apart for yourself, and did it long before you made us godly in Christ—you knew what was to come, that we would respond to your call, that we would believe and be brought into your family–and you prepared all for it. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29a).
I praise you that you desired to have a relationship with us, that you delight in our being in your family, that you made us godly and continue to move us in that direction.
You are such a good God, drawing your enemies in to be your children. You are so kind and gracious, even when we grieve you with unbelief and disobedience. You are loving when anyone else would be impatient, insulted and angry.
Praise you that you consistently move us towards being more godly; you chasten us, discipline us, rebuke us, shape us and guide us. You are forgiving, forbearing, forever faithful. We belong to you, we are yours alone and rejoice in this fact.
“the LORD will hear when I call to him.”
Because I belong to you, you hear and answer, you watch over me, care for me and protect me. You are the mighty LORD, the great I AM, the King of Glory–and yet you are attentive to even the least of your children, giving tender, compassionate, consistent attention.
How wonderful! How unbelievable! How marvelous! I praise you, O Lord, for your great grace, your lavish love, your persistent patience, your powerful provision. To you be glory for all that you are doing in our lives. To you be glory for who you are!