The psalmist realized his nation faced serious problems. Their only hope was to turn to God. Acknowledging their sins, he pleaded with God for mercy to revive and save them.

Like the psalmist, we can be confident that God desires to help and save us. But there is a condition: We must not “turn again to folly” (v. 8). We must turn from our sins. We must please Him. Seek Him.

Like the psalmist, we can know that when God blesses us, mercy, righteousness, and peace will reign in the land. Instead of deceit and falsehood, the truth will “spring out of the earth.” God will “give what is good” (vs. 11-12). God will give a blessing, and the land will yield an increase. But for this to take place, we need His forgiveness. We need His favor and blessing.