“You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you,
that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain,
that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.
John 15:16 (NASB)
How blessed is the one whom Thou dost choose,
and bring near to Thee, To dwell in Thy courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, Thy holy temple.
This has been a day of not measuring up to someone else’s expectations. Ever have one of those days? You do what you think is right, but it doesn’t go well. Somebody gets angry, or hurt, or feels betrayed or marginalized. And in the midst of it you know you have been scratched off the “A List.” You might not even be on a list at all at this point. It’s been THAT kind of day. I hope yours has been better!
But then, as I was praying about the whole thing, Jesus whispered to my heart, “You’re still on My list. I chose you from the beginning, and nothing you will ever do can make me to drop you or love you less. Let Me satisfy your hurt and hungry heart.”
In Psalm 65:4, David says that the one the Lord chooses and brings near to Himself is blessed. That sounds good, but what does it really mean?
“Blessed” is a congratulatory term. The one who is blessed is in a position to be envied. If you are blessed, you are in a place that others wish they were. They look at you and say, “Oh, wow! I wish I could be where she is!” That’s where you are when God has chosen you and brought you near.
God has chosen a lot of people, but it’s not like when we were in school and the two captains took turns choosing kids for their teams. Once the best players were chosen, it got down to picking who would cause you the least damage.
God didn’t pick His “A Team” – you know, Paul and David and Moses and Billy Graham and Beth Moore… those people – and then look around and with a deep sigh say, “Okay… I guess I’ll take Susan. She’s not worth much, but maybe she won’t hurt us too much…”
No! The original Hebrew makes it clear that when God chose you and when He chose me, He was making a deliberate, well-thought-out decision. He knew that we were exactly what He was looking for, and He set His affection on us and drew us close, the better to lavish upon us His abundant lovingkindness and tender care.
And just how close did He bring us? Close enough to see Him clearly, to experience unparalleled intimacy. The word is from the same root as “Qorban,” that which is dedicated entirely to God.
Jesus affirms what David said. He chose us. Intentionally, individually, and with great delight. He was pleased to ordain certain things for us to accomplish, and He gives us not only the ability to do them, but even the desire.
And so, as this day ends, my heart is encouraged to remember that I have a God who has specifically chosen me, that He has drawn me near, that He really likes me, and that He will never toss me aside. I am indeed blessed.