But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. (ESV)
We have seen the wicked described in the previous verse. They love vain words and seek after lies. It is very important to know this distinction. We cannot expect those who are ungodly to operate from a place of morality. Outside of a submission to God's Law mankind will only chase after that which is false and self-serving.
Note the contrast here in verse 3. The Lord has set apart the godly for himself. The wicked are not the Lord's There is a saying that people use, "We are all God's children." That saying is not a godly one. God sets apart the godly for himself. The wicked are not his. In fact, Scripture makes clear that those who are not his will be eternally lost.
The godly are set apart. Note also that we did not set ourselves apart for God. There is not a single person who has ever walked this Earth, apart from Jesus, who is godly. Rather, God sets apart the godly. We do not set ourselves apart. This concept seems very simple and yet it is astounding how many so-called believers think that their works had something to do with their godliness.
Those who are set apart by God for his glory have one very wonderful advantage. "The Lord hears when I call to him." The godly have a relationship that is so intimate with God that the Lord listens to them. It is an amazing thing to think that the God of all the galaxies and the universe would take time to listen. But he listens to the godly, whom he has set apart for himself. What a great God!
If you know the Lord it is because he has set you apart for his own glory. Praise his name today. Know that he hears you. He loves you.