Psalm 65 – You Are Chosen
How happy is the one you choose and bring near to live in your courts! (Psalms 65:4)
It’s a great feeling to be chosen. To get a promotion. To receive an award at school. To be engaged to be married. Because when somebody chooses you, it’s usually because there’s something about you that was impressive. Your skills or abilities. Your hard work and discipline. Your natural good looks. But the Bible says that God chooses us before we’re even born. Before we have the chance to display any of those qualities: “God chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him” (Eph. 1:4).
And then after we were born, God followed through on his decision to choose us and “bring us near to live in his courts” as David says. God chose us despite our sin and selfishness. Despite our contempt for him and his ways. Despite our unloving actions and attitudes toward others. He chose to overcome our sin through Christ: “He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself … In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Eph. 1:5-8). What an incredible thing it is to be chosen.