Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons
For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.
I. A CONFESSION OF SIN. We shall be induced to make such a confession, if we consider that —
1. Our sins are great in number. How often do we offend! How many have been the follies of our childhood, the crimes of our youth, and the backslidings of our riper age!
2. Our sins are great in their turpitude. This appears from the Being against whom sin is committed; from the dignity and circumstances of its subjects, from the degrading character which it sustains, and from the awful effects which it produces.
3. Our sins are great in their demerit. The punishment due to sin must be in proportion to the majesty and glory of God, whose dignity it daringly insults, and whose law it impiously violates.
II. AN APPROPRIATE REQUEST FOR PARDON.
1. The language of genuine repentance.
2. The language of devout solicitude.
3. The language of humble confidence.
III. AN ARGUMENT URGED TO OBTAIN SUCCESS. It suggests —
1. The pardon of sin displays the glory of the Divine perfections. God's name signifies His nature.
2. The pardon of sin demonstrates the efficacy of Christ's atonement.
3. The pardon of sin exemplifies the truth of the sacred Scriptures. In conclusion, warn the careless, encourage the penitent, and congratulate the saints, who have received the "knowledge of salvation by the remission of their sins."
(Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.