Impartial Grace: Psalm 30

For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

(Psalm 30:5, emphasis added)

David’s prayer is not only for himself. He is calling out others to share his joy in the Lord. He is calling out others to sing praises. He is calling out others to join him in worship. Our “troubles are light and momentary and they prepare us for a burden of glory in heaven” (2 Cor 4:17). God strengthens us; He disciplines us by way of “His anger.” He is not angry for long. His lessons when learned add His discipline to our lives and bring us closer to Him. This is a Holy relationship that lasts the balance of our lives.

We may be painfully sorrowful through the night, but in the morning God relieves us of our pain. I do not think it is unsafe to say each of us has been through a deep valley of sorrow. I know I have. I have been hopeless and tearful. My despair has been so complete and there was no one who could console me. No one aside from God. In one night I cried with wrenching sobs. The next morning it was over. The sorrow had left me. And to this day I praise God for His love through that night. There have been other nights like that one. In each God’s “grace upon grace” took me from the darkness of sorrow to the Light that is my Blessed Hope.

None of us are free of trials or tribulations. All of us receive His discipline. We do not stand alone; “His favor lasts a lifetime.” Advocates of universal reconciliation sing praises for this message given in God’s Holy Word. God is eternally a loving Father. His anger against us does not last, but His love for us is forever. Even the worst man will eventually experience God’s love. It is God Who is not angry for long. It will be God Who reconciles all men to Himself. This is Impartial Grace.