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10th October 2022

Forever Loved


Know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.


Psalm 4:3


It is almost impossible for us to get through a day without being snubbed, ignored, or put down in some way. Sometimes we might even do it to ourselves.


David’s enemies were talking, bullying, threatening, and pummelling him with insults. His sense of self-worth and well-being had plummeted (Ps 4:1–2). He asked for relief “from my distress.


Then David remembered, “know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly” (v 3). Various English versions try to capture the full essence of David’s bold statement by translating “godly” as “faithful servant.” The Hebrew word here, literally refers to God’s covenant love and might well be rendered “those whom God will love forever and ever and ever.”


This is what we too must remember: We are loved forever, set apart in a special way, as dear to God as His own Son. He has called us to be His children for all eternity.


Instead of despairing, we can remind ourselves of the love we freely receive from our Father. We are His dearly beloved children. The end is not despair, but peace and joy (v 7–8). He never gives up on us, and He never ever stops loving us.


Read

Psalm 4:1-8.

Prayer

Father in heaven, the words of others can wound deeply. Your words heal and comfort, and You assure Your children that we are loved forever. I bless and I praise You, in Jesus name. Amen.


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