“When they sin against you (for there is no one who doesn’t sin) and you become angry with them and hand them over to an enemy who takes them away as prisoners to enemy territory, whether distant or nearby, if they change their heart in whatever land they are held captive, changing their lives and begging for your mercy, saying, “We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly!” and if they return to you with all their heart and all their being in the enemy territory where they’ve been taken captive, and pray to you, toward their land, which you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen, and toward the temple I have built for your name, then listen to their prayer and request from your heavenly dwelling place. Do what is right for them, and forgive your people who have sinned against you. Forgive all their wrong that they have done against you. See to it that those who captured them show them mercy. These are your people and your inheritance. You brought them out of Egypt, from the iron furnace.” (1 Kings 8.46-51 CEB)
My heart cries and so, hear my heart’s cry to you.
I turn my face toward you for my sins face me clearly.
I have done wrong. I have sinned. I have acted wickedly.
My sin is against others. It is against myself. But most of all, it is against you.
Remove not your mercy from me; extend it to me still.
Forgive me for I am turning back toward you once more.
What yet remains to turn in my heart, help that portion to turn as well.
In your righteousness, use whatever means necessary to turn me, but forget me not.
For I long to be done with my sins and to be wholly yours forever.
Holy. By your mercy, Lord.