For you are a people holy to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth.
Back in the ’80s, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to address each other’s countries on TV. After the addresses were over, various media types interviewed people from each country to give their assessment of the speeches. One of the Soviet citizens interviewed remarked that when Gorbachev (or any Soviet leader) spoke, he always made you feel as though he were speaking to a million people, but when Reagan spoke, he made you feel he was speaking just to you. They greatly preferred Reagan to Gorby and for a sensible reason: nobody likes feeling like an ingredient in a statistical bloc. We are persons, not statistics. That’s why God chooses you — you yourself — and calls you by name out of all the peoples of the earth.