Impartial Grace: Psalm 145

I will exalt you, my God, the King. I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you. I will extol your name forever and ever. Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! His greatness is unsearchable. One generation will commend your works to another, and will declare your mighty acts.

Of the glorious majesty of your honor, of your wondrous works, I will meditate. Men will speak of the might of your awesome acts. I will declare your greatness. They will utter the memory of your great goodness, and will sing of your righteousness.

Yahweh is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and of great loving kindness. Yahweh is good to all. His tender mercies are over all his works. All your works will give thanks to you, Yahweh. Your saints will extol you. They will speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk about your power; to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, the glory of the majesty of his kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Yahweh is faithful in all his words, and loving in all his deeds. Yahweh upholds all who fall, and raises up all those who are bowed down. The eyes of all wait for you. You give them their food in due season. You open your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Yahweh is righteous in all his ways, and gracious in all his works.

Yahweh is near to all those who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him. He also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Yahweh preserves all those who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh. Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

(Psalm 145, emphasis added)

We can only imagine the depth and breadth of God’s Holiness. No matter what we might imagine Him to be He is greater still. No one can know how great is our God. It is unfathomable greatness. God is steadfast in His love. Steadfast meaning resolute and absolute. God is love and the depth and measure of His love is unsearchable. He is good to all. His mercy is over all. All His creation are in His Kingdom and His Kingdom does not end. Those who are falling He lifts up. His love is patient. His love is long-suffering. His love is all-powerful and all-consuming. God created all and He loves all that He created. His mercy is over all that He has created. We praise our Father and we bless Him and honor Him. His unsearchable love is awesome and overwhelming.

Mr. Sprenger comments, “The LORD is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.” We cannot ignore the Word of God, “His mercy is over all that he has made.” These kinds of verses build faith. Our God is good; so very, very good. He is love; so very, very loving. It is His will that all will be saved and it is worthy of repetition, “…His mercy is over all he has made.” His grace is compounded in His grace. He is “grace upon grace.” His mercy has no limits. “His mercy is over all that He has made.”

What does it mean that God will destroy all the wicked? The Psalmist speaks to joy, revelation, worship, and praise because God is merciful and because the magnitude of His love is unsearchable. But, then we read in verse 21 that He will destroy the wicked. The Concordant Literal Version translates this verse as “all the wicked He will exterminate.” Will an all-loving merciful Father destroy rebellious people? Or, might it be better understood in context to mean that the wicked will end their wickedness All wickedness will be exterminated…not people. Rebellious sin will end. Otherwise this Psalm opens with universal reconciliation and ends in annihilation. The two are not congruent in this context.

God sets all matters straight. His purpose will be complete and His purpose will be Holy. The outcome is this, “It is God’s will that all be saved.” Through His Son’s obedience to death on a cross all will be reconciled to Him. This is Impartial Grace.

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