Set Apart for God | Psalm 4:2–3

          O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
            How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
          But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
            the Lord hears when I call to him.

We can’t allow the court of public opinion sway our commitment to God and to Scripture.  It may even be that those who seem godly turn aside.  Despite the pressure, how much those around us press, we stand in full confidence in the Lord.

We are all “sons of men,” naturally sinful.  Yet, the heart of sin manifests in various ways, and those standing against God’s king need to remember that they are but men.  They try to turn what is good about the king into a reproach or shame.  It’s a whole lot of empty talk, accepting lies for truth.  It’s laughingly unwise to challenge the Lord and His anointed (speaking ultimately of Christ), and they aren’t going to overturn God’s order or God’s people.

Remember that God has set His elect apart for Himself.  Remember that David was his king by choice, as is Christ as the Messiah.  True believers are also elect in Christ, having become partakers of His spiritual blessings (Eph 1:3–14; 2 Pt 1:3–4).  Consider Luke 18:7, which says, “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?”  As such, it is clear why the Lord hears the believer’s prayers, and why this is a warning to the sons of men.

This is not to be a vainglorious truth.  In the previous psalm, David calls the Lord his glory (3:3), so this isn’t vainglory.  As king, David recognized that it was actually the Lord’s glory resting upon him, and we must always remember that we are God’s by His good grace.  Indeed, if we are set apart, we are to live as such.  Even so, we take confidence in the fact that a circle is inscribed around the godly, for we are His to guard and keep until that last day! 

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