1Blessed is the man whose sin is covered over by the Lord;
Whose transgressions are forgiven, whose guilt God does not record.
2Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him;
In whose spirit there is not found cruel deceit deep down within.
3When I held my sin inside me, and kept silent in my way,
Then my bones grew weak and wasted through my groaning all the day.
4For Your hand was heavy on me; day and night, my strength did lapse;
Sapped away as in the heat of summer’s hot, lethargic grasp.
5Then I told You of my sin and did not hide iniquity;
I said, “I’ll confess my trespass” – You forgave, purged guilt from me.
6Therefore, let the godly pray to You while You may still be found;
Surely waters will not reach me, when with might they surge around.
7For You are my place of hiding, You protect me from all strife;
And with songs of Your deliv’rance, You surround and keep my life.
8“I will teach and will instruct you in the way that you should go;
I will counsel and watch o’er you, the right path to you I’ll show.”
9Don’t be like the horse or mule who do not understand at all;
They’re controlled by bit and bridle, or won’t come when you do call.
10Many are woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love
11does surround the ones who trust Him. Sing! Rejoice in God above!