Today’s passage is a call to repentance and renewal. God, in His infinite love, desires that all be saved and that we seek Him while He still may be found. The picture makes it seem that God is only near for a time, but the truth is that it is our hearts that distance ourselves from Him over time. Therefore this is a call to receive Him while there is still any inclination in our hearts to do so. The wicked are to turn from their sinful ways and even from their very thoughts, for not only do the thoughts of the unsaved condemn them, they naturally oppose God because by nature our hearts are desperately wicked.
To the backslidden, God calls for them to return to the Lord, because our God is the God of restoration and mercy. God wants to shower His grace upon us and abundantly pardon us for our sins, if we would just seek and accept His gift of salvation by faith. There are unsearchable riches in God through Christ (Ephesians 3:8). Among them are salvation, peace, and eternal fellowship with Him. If you are not in this place of abundance today, I pray that you call upon the Lord while He is near.