Impartial Grace: Psalm 86

In the day of my trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me. There is no one like you among the gods, Lord, nor any deeds like your deeds. All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord.

(Psalm 86:7-9, emphasis added)

The Psalmist lays bare his soul before God. “Hear my prayer, Father,” he cries. There is certainty that God knows our hearts and He knows our prayers before we ever utter a word toward Him. Yet, there is an efficiency in seeking His favor, His guidance, His supplication, His mercy, His grace. It is to His honor, to His glory, that we deliberately seek Him in prayer.

The Psalmist is in a time of severe persecution. His appeal to the Lord is for relief from enemies without and within. There is no authority greater than God. There is nothing holy about any other god. In fact, the Psalmist declares, “All nations You have will come and worship before You.” All earthly idols are for nothing. All graven images offer nothing. God’s overwhelming love will capture the hearts of all the nations; of all people ever created. The kings and kingdoms will be subject to Him and He will be King of Kings. God will overcome everything not holy, not righteous. As a result, “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord.” This is Impartial Grace.

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