The Joy of Forgiveness
A Psalm of David. A Maskil.
1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried upa as by the heat of summer. Selah
5I acknowledged my sin to thee,
and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, "I will confess my trangressions to the Lord";
then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah
6Therefore let every one who is godly
offer prayer to thee;
at a time of distress,b in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7Thou art a hiding place for me,
thou preservest me from trouble;
thou dost encompass me with deliverance.c Selah
8I will instruct you and teach you
the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
else it will not keep with you.
10Many are the pangs of the wicked;
but steadfast love surrounds him who trusts in the Lord.
11Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!