The Joy of ForgivenessA Psalm of David. A Contemplation.
1Blessed is he whose⚓transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2Blessed is the man to whom the Lord⚓does 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.
6⚓For 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.
7⚓You 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.
10⚓Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But ⚓he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
11⚓Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!