A Nation Asks For Forgiveness

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Psalm 105 covers events up to the Exodus from Egypt and Psalm 106 covers events from the Exodus to what appears to be the Babylonian captivity. This chapter starts off with “Praise ye the Lord” (v. 1). The more we think about what God has done the more we will appreciate Him for all He has done for us individually. Who can put into words all the mighty deeds He has done (v. 2). Our birth, our friends, our family, our salvation and the list goes on and on. Blessed are those who are in right standing with God (v. 3). Remember me Lord and let me prosper with the rest of your chosen ones (vv. 4-5).

The Psalmist introduces the theme of confession. He says, “We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly” (v. 6). He uses three great words for sin.  The word for “sinned” means to miss the mark. This suggests sin by practice. The word “committed” iniquity means to be bent, crooked or perverse. This suggests sin by nature. Finally, the words “done wickedly” expresses the idea of lawlessness. This suggests sin by choice.

The writer recounts the sins of the people in the wilderness (v. 7). First he wrote of their sin at the crossing of the Red Sea. As soon as the people heard that Pharaoh had mobilized his army and the chariots were headed their direction they began to grumble. However, God overlooked their faults (v. 8), overcame their fears (v. 9). He saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the [Egyptian] enemy. (vv. 10-11). Then Israel believed His words and sang His praise (v. 12).


If I am ever tempted to grumble about something, I just need to stop and list the miracles God has performed for me. After all God has done for me I certainly have no right to grumble and complain about the circumstances I may be in.

Psalms 106:1-15 (English Standard Version)

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