I’m Jeremy Sarber, a disciple of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Reformed Baptist, funeral home chaplain, member of Grace Fellowship Church, host of Sunday Tapes, and creator of KJV Scripture Journals.

The only solution to our sin

Psalm 106 is a call to praise God. Though the psalmist offers a list of Israel’s sins, he presents that list right in the middle of one long doxology. In the first verse, he says, Praise the LORD! (Ps 106:1). In the final verse, he says again, Praise the LORD! (Ps 106:48).

Then, sprinkled throughout this psalm are expressions of gratitude for God’s mercy. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Ps 106:1). He saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power (Ps 106:8). He saved them from the hand of the foe and redeemed them from the power of the enemy (Ps 106:10). He said he would destroy them—had not Moses stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath (Ps 106:23). And on and on it goes.

According this psalm, whom is God redeeming by his steadfast love and mercy? The answer is Israel, the very people who sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons and poured out innocent blood (Ps 106:37, 38).

The reason the psalmist can rejoice despite Israel’s heinous sins is because God is merciful. Though he admits, We have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness,” he can also give thanks because the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever (Ps 106:6, 1). The psalmist can praise God not because Israel was without sin, but because God is gracious. He saves his people and forgives their sins.

How does God save and forgive? Writing to the Corinthians, Paul says:

I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved. I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Let’s be clear about something. A Christian is not inherently better than anyone else. The only thing that separates the believer from others is the grace of God through Jesus Christ the Savior. If not for redemption through the atoning work of Christ, we’d all stand equally guilty before God. In other words, God’s grace is the solution.

Jesus said, If you want to enter the kingdom of God, you must be born again (Jn 3:5, 7). You must enter into an altogether new life. The past no longer matters once you are saved through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned (Jn 3:17, 18).