“When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.” – Psalm 65 : 3
When we think of ourselves as Christians ,maybe we do not instantly think about our sin ?
But when we take a second to stop and think about it, we do still sin , and sin daily. So how can this be ? How can we call ourselves saved and still commit sins ?
If we have this struggle then we can be reassured that it is not just us that goes through it.
In this verse of Psalm 65 we see David, about whom God said :
“… ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”
We see this man of God struggling with his sins , the metrical version of the psalm puts it like this :
“Iniquities, I must confess, prevail against me do..”
These are the words of an honest man , and I am sure they are words we can all relate to.
There are times when sometimes we might think of all the sins we commit and question how we can still be saved ?
The answer to this question can be found in the verse. When we look at the verse we see David making a distinction between iniquities that he commits and the transgressions that God has forgiven.
If we look at this verse with these words put simply the verse looks like this:
- “When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.”
- “When perversions/sins prevail against me, you atone for our rebellion .”
Yes we do sin , and yes as long as we are in our earthly bodies we will continue to sin , hopefully less and less as we grow more like Christ.
But if are saved then our rebellion has been atoned for , the price and punishment for our sins has been paid.
So we must not let our sins overwhelm us, it is a trick of the devil to continually use our sins (both past and present) to obscure the knowledge that we are saved and that we are clean in the sight of God :
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
Yes we must be always mindful of our sin , but not mourn over it. We were saved in order to proclaim the salvation that we have received. If we are continually dwelling on our sins then we simply cannot do this effectively.
“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!” – Martin Luther