It Is Better to Confess Sin
A maskil of David.
1Happy is the person
whose sins are forgiven,
whose wrongs are pardoned.
2Happy is the person
whom the Lord does not consider guilty
and in whom there is nothing false.
3When I kept things to myself,
I felt weak deep inside me.
I moaned all day long.
4Day and night you punished me.
My strength was gone as in the summer heat.Selah
5Then I confessed my sins to you
and didn’t hide my guilt.
I said, “I will confess my sins to the Lord,”
and you forgave my guilt.Selah
6For this reason, all who obey you
should pray to you while they still can.
When troubles rise like a flood,
they will not reach them.
7You are my hiding place.
You protect me from my troubles
and fill me with songs of salvation.Selah
8The Lord says, “I will make you wise and show you where to go.
I will guide you and watch over you.
9So don’t be like a horse or donkey,
that doesn’t understand.
They must be led with bits and reins,
or they will not come near you.”
10Wicked people have many troubles,
but the Lord’s love surrounds those who trust him.
11Good people, rejoice and be happy in the Lord.
Sing all you whose hearts are right.