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)

Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise? Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times! Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness. Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make known his mighty power. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry, and he led them through the deep as through a desert. So he saved them from the hand of the foe and redeemed them from the power of the enemy. And the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left. Then they believed his words; they sang his praise. But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel. But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.

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