For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.” Psalm 25:11
We humbly ask the Lord to forgive our sins, which are many. In asking, we acknowledge the Lord’s greatness, because forgiving is the most difficult thing to do. For the Lord to forgive us our many sins, He demonstrates that He is as great as He wants people to think of Him when they hear His name.
We love the Lord, but we also fear Him. And why shouldn’t we? He makes clear the punishment in store for those who break His laws. But we trust that the love He has for us will make Him understand how hard we try even when we fail, because we recognize that an expectation of forgiveness does not excuse us from trying.
It is our reverence for the Lord that causes us to want to be good though we’re genetically wired for wickedness. And it is our trust in the feelings of the creator toward His creation that causes us to expect His mercy.