While we have all sinned, we must recognize that true repentance comes from turning back to God. For those who have backslidden or turned their backs on God, they will only find forgiveness when they return to the Lord. Furthermore, we cannot save ourselves. In order for our hearts and minds to be transformed and restored, we must seek the Lord, for only He can renew us. Much like we hear people reminiscence about “the good old days,” this verse refers to the feeling one has of peace and goodness that follows once his spirit has been restored.
And we pray:
Dear God, forgive me for turning away from You. I know that You sent Your Son to forgive me of my sins, and this separation from You is painful. I know only You can save me from this life of sin. Draw me to Your Essence, O Lord. Renew my heart and restore me. Allow Your grace and mercy to fill my life and overflow to those You have placed around me. May I live a life that honors Your amazing Love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.