Psalm 106 – Joy in Forgiveness of Israel’s Sins

Published January 3, 2024 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

Psalm 106 is a psalm that captures a few moments of Old Israel’s great sins, and how God still chooses to save them anyways. And so the psalmist opens,

1 Praise the Lord!

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Such sin is confessed at Verse 6 but the answer for God’s choice to save follows quickly at Verse 8.

We have sinned with our fathers,
We have committed iniquity,
We have done wickedly.

Nevertheless [God] saves us for His name’s sake,
That He might make His mighty power known.

In this we note that God does not save because of any worth found in you or me. In fact, would He count our sins against us, as Psalm 106 summarizes, we would only stand condemned. God saves for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power known. Now with His power comes His mercy.

44 Nevertheless He regarded their affliction,
When He heard their cry;
45 And for their sake He remembered His covenant,
And relented according to the multitude of His mercies.

Let us then respond accordingly, glorifying God for His name’s sake and that His mighty power is made known. For we are a people saved powerfully and mercifully through the Person and work of Jesus Christ, as willed by His Father, as worked in us, by the Holy Spirit, as the psalmist of Psalm 106 concludes:

47 Save us, O Lord our God,
And gather us from among the Gentiles,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
To triumph in Your praise.

48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord!

Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

You are great and greatly to be praised. Glory be to You and to Your holy name. May Your power and mercy manifest the salvation of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in me. My the Holy Spirit always bring forth Your majesty in light of my salvation. In Christ, Amen.

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