"LET ALL THOSE WHO SEEK YOU REJOICE"
by Wayne S. Walker
"Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified!’" (Psalm 70:4). The heading of this Psalm reads, "To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. To bring to remembrance." In the first three verses, David asks God to make haste and deliver him from those who seek his life, causing them to be turned back because of their shame. However, David is not content to pray only for his own needs. He asks that all who seek God would rejoice and be glad. Certainly, it should be our desire that all who are in sin would "seek the LORD while He may be found" (Isaiah 55:6). And we can especially be thankful that He has promised His children, "Seek, and you will find" concerning their prayers (Matthew 6:7, 11).
Theologians have defined what they call "common grace." While the Bible does not use the term, it does express the idea in various places. Jesus said that God "makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). Paul, speaking to idol-worshipping pagans, said that God "did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness" (Acts 14:17). The fact is that the more people seek to conform their lives to God’s ways, even if they do not fully obey the gospel and receive salvation from sin, the more God will bless them, at least in terms of the things of this life.
Yes, like Paul, we pray for all who are lost "that they may be saved" (Romans 10:1). Yet, we also pray "for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence" (1 Timothy 2:1-2). And we may pray for friends and others who are not Christians that God will allow them to experience His "common grace" in hopes that His goodness would lead them to repentance (Romans 2:4). A song that we have often sung asks that God will "Grant that ALL may seek and find Thee a God supremely kind; Heal the sick, the captive free, Let us all rejoice in Thee." Again, the more people in general seek the Lord’s principles of righteousness and morality, the more those who love God’s salvation can magnify the Lord.