For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.
Consider this prayer.
I. IT IS AN UNRESERVED CONFESSION OF SIN.
1. As his own.
2. As great. In both respects men fail in such confession. They acknowledge sin in general, but not as their own; or they extenuate and excuse it.
II. A HUMBLE APPLICATION FOR MERCY. The unregenerate man will not thus humble himself, but will trust to his good works and his fancied good deservings.
III. THE PLEA URGED. "For Thy name's sake." It is drawn from God, not from himself. It looks to the Saviour, who is the manifestation of God's name. Let this be our only plea.
IV. THE STRONG FAITH OF THIS PRAYER. David believed that God would forgive though his sin were great. Most people see God as all mercy or all wrath. Not so David. Have we such holy faith?
Parallel VersesKJV: For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.