1Surely God is good to Isr’el, to those who are pure in heart;
2As for me, my feet had slipped, my foothold nearly fell apart.
3For the arrogant I envied, when they had prosperity;
4All because they have no struggles, and they’re strong as they can be.
5They are free from burdens which are common, filling life with pain;
6They’re not plagued by human troubles; pride’s their necklace, violence reigns.
7From their callous heart comes evil; plotting in their minds does flow;
8They do scoff and speak with malice, and oppressive threats they show.
9They have set their mouth ‘gainst heaven, and their tongue parades the earth;
10Therefore, people turn to them and drink up words that have no worth.
11They say, “How does God know of us? Can the Most High knowledge teach?”
12This is what the wicked look like – carefree and in wealth increased.
13Surely it’s in vain that I have kept my heart and conscience pure;
Vain that I have washed my hands in innocence, kept my steps sure.
14All day long I have been stricken, chastened every morning new;
15If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I’d betray your children true.
16When I tried to understand this, it was loathsome in my sight;
17Till I saw God’s sanctuary, entered and then saw their plight.
18Surely they are set by God on slipp’ry ground; to ruin cast –
19Suddenly, they are destroyed and swept away by terror fast.
20Like a dream when one awakens, so when You arise, O Lord;
You will then despise their image; they who gave You no accord.
21When my heart was grieved, embittered, I was like a beast to You;
22I was ignorant and senseless; could not see perspective true.
23Yet, O Lord, I’m always with You; You hold me by my right hand;
24With Your counsel, You will guide me, and make me in glory stand.
25Whom have I in heav’n but You, Lord? And on earth want nothing more;
26Though my heart and flesh may fail me, God’s my portion evermore.
27All those who are far from You will perish – You destroy them all.
All who are unfaithful will be silenced and before You fall.
28As for me, it is my good that God is near in all my needs;
I have made the Lord my refuge, and will tell of all Your deeds.