by Rev Joel Yong
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.
‘Set apart’ … that is what ‘holy’ means.
It refers to a person or vessel being taken and set aside for a special purpose or reason.
That is why Israel is called to be holy- because it is set apart as a nation to be a vessel through which the world could come to know God.
They were supposed to live according to His ways and show the world how blessed people are when they choose to follow God.
It says here in this Psalm that God hears when the godly call out to Him.
He listens because He knows they listen to His commandments and follow His ways. Even when they falter and stumble, He runs to their aid.
Think of a parent whose child is learning how to walk … they run to help when the child stumbles. They tell everyone “That’s my boy/girl!” and the child is marked as theirs.
You are God’s child and He loves you. That is why He wants you to be holy and set apart!