Psalm 107 continued…

Some of the redeemed were fools because of their sinful ways.
They suffered because of their wickedness.
They had absolutely no appetite for food;
they had arrived at death’s gates.
So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.
God gave the order and healed them;
he rescued them from their pit.
Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people.
Let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices
and declare what God has done in songs of joy!
Psalm 107:17-22

It is interesting that we get the word “sin” from the Greek term used in the sport of archery that means “to miss the mark”. With that in mind, a lot of Christians attempt to trivialize sin by saying something like this: “Sin merely means to miss the mark; which seems to be a small thing since nobody hits the mark every time – right? After all nobody is perfect.” Well, to understand the true meaning of sin it must be understood that the root word meant much more than just missing the bulls eye from time to time. It means to miss the mark and so not share in the prize. Think of a king gathering an army of archers and he had them tested to see if they could hit a target with their bow and arrow. The archer did not get more chances – it was miss and out. In the Biblical sense the word “sin” refers to those who miss the mark by breaking God’s commandments and that is how the Psalmist is using “sin” in Psalm 107. It’s also interesting that this Psalm recognizes that the redeemed, the born again, the Christian who understands the true meaning of sin is sickened by their own sin. However, we see that when the redeemed cried out, God healed their sin! Once the Christian humbles them self and sincerely cries out to be relieved from the disease of their sin, the God who saved them will also forgive them. And. That. Is. Grace. The price of sin is overbearing and has potential eternal consequences. Forgiveness is healing to the soul and also has eternal consequences. Sin is not simple because it takes willful thought and action to act against God. Forgiveness is not simple because the Redeemer paid an incredible cost for all of us who have missed the mark to receive that forgiveness. Today, don’t just simply ask God for forgiveness, sincerely take responsibility for you own sin and trust that God will do what He said He would do.

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