“But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself.” – Psalm 4:3
When I read that passage of Scripture for the very first time, I felt like I was seeing God in a completely different way than I ever had. I felt a sudden, closer relation to Him than I ever had before, a certain understanding. God—the Creator of the most ferocious star, of the most beautiful flower, the deepest of canyons, the vastness of seas, and the immeasurable expanse of the universe . . . THIS God created it all and could have His choice of any of it for His own purpose and pleasure. But He didn’t want any of those things. His only reason to create every single one of those beautiful parts of nature was simply to amaze you. Why? Because He was achingly lonely for someone to love and to be loved in return. And so, the Lord in the Heaven of heavens which cannot contain Him, set His heart on the godly—and set them apart for Himself— the one thing He created for His pleasure.
BUT LOVE IS ONLY TRUE LOVE WHEN THERE IS CHOICE.