The Publican Before God’s Face

The Publican before God’s face his own sins came to see,                           

and raising not an eye he prayed, “Have mercy, Lord, on me.”


Now when I come before the Lord, that humble one I see.                         

With sorrow and contrition say, “Have mercy, Lord, on me.”


The Holy Spirit ferrets out my weakness, so I plea,                                  

in humble recognition say, “Have mercy, Lord, on me.” 


A sinful nature thus revealed, seeks for salvation’s key.                      

Repentance is the soul’s first step. “Have mercy, Lord, on me.”


The cross of Jesus is the place for penitents to be.                                 

For that is where I’ll testify, God’s mercy came to me.


Image: Wallfahrtskirche auf der Wies, ca. 1754

Source: Luke 18:9-14

Text:  Translation by David Alexander from 1847 Taiwanese Version, 2004 & 2007 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune: Durham, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission 

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