That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
2 CORINTHIANS 2:2
For if I make you sorry, who then makes me glad, but the same who is made sorry by me?
The Psalmist is uttering a prayer about normal life: that the heavy equipment work, that crime be reduced and that the streets be free of strife.
The publican is standing alone before God and crying for mercy because he knows that any easy answer to the Psalmist’s prayer is an illusion.
Paul is apologizing and saying he needs lateral forgiveness.
We are talking about ultimate overcoming, but this impacts our daily lives. We cannot expect to change everything but there are little changes that will grow as we obey and live our lives by listening to Jesus and relying upon the friendly Abba-light within.
Sin is a hard word but it is simply three letters that mean
from the reality
that Jesus embodies
directly to all
who are willing
to look within
and find Abba within.
Exaltation needs no lofty height
It wells up from a place that’s deep within
When Abba gives the gracious gift of sight
In any situation we are in
From Abba’s Way