Read Psalm 25
Focus on verse 11
Why does God forgive us? This is the question that was answered – at least in part – by the verse in focus today. “For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.” We tend to think that the reason God forgives us is for our benefit, and certainly it is true that His forgiveness does benefit us. The wording of this verse however, seems to indicate that God’s motivation for forgiving us is also for the sake of His Name!
There are other times in scripture when people have called upon Him to act in order to preserve the greatness of His name. One of the most prominent of these is when Moses intercedes on behalf of the children of Israel after the ordeal of the golden calf. God has expressed His intention to destroy the people and raise up a new nation through Moses, but Moses uses exactly this argument of preserving the honor of God’s name, to convince God to relent of His intention.
There seems to be a consistent effort on the part of God to protect the honor of His Name, and one of the many things that God does to protect to protect the honor of His name is forgive those who seek Him and believe in His name.
So in case we should ever get the notion that our redemption came to us on behalf of something we did, or some inflated view of who we are and our importance to Him, remember that He pardons our sin for His own sake at least as much as it is for ours.