When most people sin, they feel guilty. Some people feel so guilty that they become depressed. these people do all kinds of things to try and make themselves feel better.
In our Bible Reading today, the writer feels guilty for the sins of the Israelites. Because Israel turned away from God, He allowed other nations to kill them and destroy their cities. The writer prays that God will forgive the Israelites.
It is important that we notice why the writer prayed for forgiveness. He wasn’t trying to make himself feel better. He wanted people to give glory to God! Verse 9 says, “Our God and Savior, help us! That will bring glory to your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the Good of your name.”
The next time you ask God to forgive you, be sure to also thank Him for salvation through Jesus. Then give God glory by telling others about His love and forgiveness.