“The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).
Moses tells Israel that the reason God set His affection on the people was because He chose to, and the reason that He chose them was because He loved them. He chose to love them, and then He loved the ones He chose. This is the heart of covenant love. It is love not based on the performance of the one loved, but love based on the the pure choice of the one who loves.
We are told hundreds of times in the Bible that God chooses us. This grates against our minds and our thought that we are in control and that we do the choosing. But if we accept this by faith, what peace and assurance we will have. The reason God loves us is because He chose to!
We have so many doubts and fears when think that God’s love is based on us, on something in us that makes us more lovable than others. But what would we do if we could realise, “he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4). Surely we would love Him will all of our hearts and live in thanks, glorifying Him.