A maskil of David.
1The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven,
whose sin is covered over, is truly happy!
2The one the Lord doesn’t consider guilty—
in whose spirit there is no dishonesty—
that one is truly happy!
3When I kept quiet, my bones wore out;
I was groaning all day long—
every day, every night!—
4because your hand was heavy upon me.
My energy was sapped as if in a summer drought. Selah
5So I admitted my sin to you;
I didn’t conceal my guilt.
"I’ll confess my sins to the Lord, " is what I said.
Then you removed the guilt of my sin. Selah
6That’s why all the faithful should pray to you during troubled times,#Correction; MT at a time of finding only
so that a great flood of water won’t reach them.
7You are my secret hideout!
You protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of rescue! Selah
8I will instruct you and teach you
about the direction you should go.
I’ll advise you and keep my eye on you.
9Don’t be like some senseless horse or mule,
whose movement must be controlled
with a bit and a bridle.#Heb uncertain
Don’t be anything like that!#Heb uncertain
10The pain of the wicked is severe,
but faithful love surrounds the one who trusts the Lord.
11You who are righteous, rejoice in the Lord and be glad!
All you whose hearts are right, sing out in joy!