The Joy of Forgiveness

A Psalm of David. A Contemplation.
  1Blessed is he whosetransgression is forgiven,
   Whose sin is covered.
   2Blessed is the man to whom the Lorddoes not impute iniquity,
   And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
  3When I kept silent, my bones grew old
   Through my groaning all the day long.
   4For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
   My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.
   5I acknowledged my sin to You,
   And my iniquity I have not hidden.
   I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
   And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
  6For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
   In a time when You may be found;
   Surely in a flood of great waters
   They shall not come near him.
   7You are my hiding place;
   You shall preserve me from trouble;
   You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
  8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
   I will guide you with My eye.
   9Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
   Which have no understanding,
   Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
   Else they will not come near you.
  10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
   But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
   11Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
   And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!