On the 4th of July, 2016, the Verse of the Day relates to the nation who puts their trust in the Lord God Almighty:
Psalm 33:12 (NLT):
What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
The Psalmist reiterates this message:
Psalm 144:15 (NLT):
Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.
Psalm 146:5 (NLT)
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God
In the Old Testament God expresses His desire to have a people who were set aside for His special purposes.
Deuteronomy 14:2 (NLT):
You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.
In the New Testament God’s chosen people are the called out believers: those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, those who make up the Body of Christ, the called out from Jews and Gentiles into one Body
Paul speaks to the Church at Thessalonica in this way:
1 Thessalonians 1:4 (NLT):
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,
As we think about those called out and chosen, we recall the word of the Lord Jesus Christ:
Matthew 22:14 (NLT):
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
In contrast to unbelievers, those who believe are described in this way:
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT):
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Those whom God has chosen and set apart to accomplish His will in the last days is sometimes spoken of as “the remnant.” As used in the Old and New Testaments, the term refers to what is left over or remaining; when used with people, it refers to those who remain following a catastrophe. At this time the chosen people of God, “the most blessed remnant” is said to be the true Church, the body of Christ. Though this remnant may be small, its transformative influence will felt throughout the earth. Here is a poetic description:
God is never left without a remnant.
Apostle Eric L. Warren
And the remnant that is escaped of
the house of Judah shall yet again take
root downward, and bear fruit upward.
2 Kings 19:30
God is looking for a remnant; what is left over
Will suffice in the strong hands of a master craftsman.
Those who seek to know the mind of God will discover
That He keeps a remnant, set apart to stand alone,
A residue, an intricate part of His grand plan.
What the builders rejected is the chief cornerstone.
God uses what is left to fulfill His purposes in the earth.
As God’s remnant, to be hidden is our destiny.
We take root downward and bear fruit upward to give birth
To the glory that God intended our lives to be,
For remnant people maintain the same integrity
As the original: pure in essence—whole, complete,
As leaven remains hidden in three measures of wheat.
To conclude our comments, listen to Chris Tomlin who offers “We Are a Chosen Generation”: