Psalm 106: Confession and Absolution

(48 verses, 4:30 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Psalm 106 is a plea for God’s mercy in the midst of suffering because of sin.


  • vv. 1-3 sing the praises of God.
  • vv. 4-6 are a cry to God for mercy, despite the psalmist’s sin.
  • v. 7-12 are a confession of sins during the Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 14).
  • vv. 13-15 are a confession of sins committed in the wilderness (Exodus 15-17).
  • vv. 16-18 are a confession of sins committed by those following the rebellion of Dathan and Abiram (Numbers 16).
  • vv. 19-23 are a confession of the sin committed in connection with the creation and worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32).
  • vv. 24-31 are a confession of the sin committed as Israel made its first attempt to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 13-14).
  • vv. 32-33 are a confession of the sin committed at Meribah (Exodus 20).
  • vv. 34-39 are a confession of the sin committed by Israel that resulted in failure and defeat in the wilderness (Numbers 14).
  • vv. 40-43 recount God’s anger during the period of the judges (Judges).
  • vv. 44-47 are a reminder that God delivers based on His promises, not on man’s ability to keep the covenant.
  • v. 48 is the doxology placed at the end of Book Four (Psalm 90-106) of the Psalms.


  • We are a people of unclean lips living in the midst of a people of unclean lips (Isaiah 6:5). It’s easy for us to look at the history of Israel and say, “I wouldn’t have rebelled or fallen away.” After all, they bore witness to God’s mighty work in so many ways. However, we have the full and complete revelation of God’s saving work in Christ Jesus, and yet, we still find ourselves steeped in sin.
  • But just as God redeemed Israel from his sin because of the promises He made to Adam, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His steadfast love, God will deliver us from our sin. Notice that all the credit for Israel’s salvation rests on God and His work alone. This means that salvation is found entirely outside of man and does not rely on him at all. If God is entirely responsible for our salvation, that means it is objective. It is not subject to the outward circumstances of our lives or our feelings. It depends on God’s saving work done for us in Christ Jesus and delivered to us in His Word and Sacraments.


  • Prayer: Heavenly Father, do not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that You would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. For the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Christ, forgive our sins and lead us out of death to life. Amen.

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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN

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