1Blessed is the one whose lawless acts are forgiven. His sins have been taken away.2Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD never counts against him. He doesn't want to cheat anyone.3When I kept silent about my sin, my body became weak because I groaned all day long.4Day and night your heavy hand punished me. I became weaker and weaker as I do in the heat of summer. "Selah"5Then I admitted my sin to you. I didn't cover up the wrong I had done. I said, "I will admit my lawless acts to the Lord." And you forgave the guilt of my sin. "Selah"6Let everyone who is godly pray to you while they can still look to you. When troubles come like a flood, they certainly won't reach those who are godly.7You are my hiding place. You will keep me safe from trouble. You will surround me with songs sung by those who praise you because you save your people. "Selah"8I will guide you and teach you the way you should go. I will give you good advice and watch over you.9Don't be like the horse or the mule. They can't understand anything. They have to be controlled by bits and bridles. If they aren't, they won't come to you.10Sinful people have all kinds of trouble. But the LORD's faithful love is all around those who trust in him.11Be glad because of what the LORD has done for you. Be joyful, you who do what is right! Sing, all of you whose hearts are honest!
1You who are godly, sing with joy to the Lord. It is right for honest people to praise him.2Praise the LORD with the harp. Make music to him on the lyre that has ten strings.3Sing a new song to him. Play with skill, and shout with joy.4What the LORD says is right and true. He is faithful in everything he does.5The LORD loves what is right and fair. The earth is full of his faithful love.6The heavens were made when the LORD commanded it to happen. All of the stars were created by the breath of his mouth.7He gathers the waters of the sea together. He puts the oceans in their places.8Let the whole earth have respect for the Lord. Let all of the people in the world honor him.9He spoke, and the world came into being. He commanded, and it stood firm.10The LORD blocks the sinful plans of the nations. He keeps them from doing what they want to do.11But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever. What he wants to do will last for all time.12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Blessed are the people he chose to be his own.13From heaven the LORD looks down and sees everyone.14From his throne he watches all those who live on the earth.15He creates the hearts of all people. He is aware of everything they do.16A king isn't saved just because his army is big. A soldier doesn't escape just because he is very strong.17People can't trust a horse to save them either. Though it is very strong, it can't save them.18But the LORD looks with favor on those who respect him. He watches over those who put their hope in his faithful love.19He watches over them to save them from death. He wants to keep them alive when there is no food in the land.20We wait in hope for the Lord. He helps us. He is like a shield that keeps us safe.21Our hearts are full of joy because of him. We trust in him, because he is holy.22Lord, may your faithful love rest on us. We put our hope in you.
1I will thank the LORD at all times. My lips will always praise him.2I will honor the Lord. Let those who are hurting hear and be joyful.3Join me in giving glory to the Lord. Let us honor him together.4I looked to the Lord, and he answered me. He saved me from everything I was afraid of.5Those who look to him beam with joy. They are never put to shame.6This poor man called out, and the LORD heard him. He saved him out of all of his troubles.7The angel of the LORD stands guard around those who have respect for him. And he saves them.8Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the man who goes to him for safety.9You people of God, have respect for the Lord. Those who respect him have everything they need.10The lions may grow weak and hungry. But those who look to the LORD have every good thing they need.11My children, come. Listen to me. I will teach you to have respect for the Lord.12Do you love life and want to see many good days?13Then keep your tongues from speaking evil. Keep your lips from telling lies.14Turn away from evil, and do good. Look for peace, and go after it.15The LORD looks with favor on those who are godly. His ears are open to their cry.16The LORD doesn't look with favor on those who do evil. He removes all memory of them from the earth.17Godly people cry out, and the LORD hears them. He saves them from all of their troubles.18The LORD is close to those whose hearts have been broken. He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.19Anyone who does what is right may have many troubles. But the LORD saves him from all of them.20The LORD watches over all of his bones. Not one of them will be broken.21Sinners will be killed by their own evil. The enemies of godly people will be judged.22The LORD sets those who serve him free. No one who goes to him for safety will be judged.
1Lord, stand up against those who stand up against me. Fight against those who fight against me.2Pick up your large shields and your small shields. Rise up and help me.3Get your spear and javelin ready to fight against those who are chasing me. Say to me, "I will save you."4Let those who are trying to kill me be brought down in dishonor. Let those who plan to destroy me be turned back in terror.5Let them be like straw blowing in the wind, while the angel of the LORD drives them away.6Let their path be dark and slippery, while the angel of the LORD chases them.7They set a trap for me without any reason. Without any reason they dug a pit to catch me.8So let them be destroyed without warning. Let the trap they set for me catch them. Let them fall into the pit and be destroyed.9Then I will be full of joy because of what the LORD has done. I will be glad because he has saved me.10My whole being will cry out, "Who is like you, Lord? You save poor people from those who are too strong for them. You save poor and needy people from those who rob them."11Mean people come forward to give witness against me. They ask me things I don't know anything about.12They pay me back with evil, even though I was good to them. They leave me without hope.13But when they were sick, I put on black clothes. I made myself low by going without food. My prayers for them weren't always answered.14So I went around crying as if I were crying over my friend or relative. I bowed my head in sadness as if I were sobbing over my mother.15But when I tripped and fell, they were all very happy. Attackers gathered against me when I didn't even know it. They kept on telling lies about me.16They were like ungodly people. They made fun of me. They ground their teeth at me in hate.17Lord, how much longer will you just look on? Save me from their deadly attacks. Save the only life I have. Save me from those lions.18I will give you thanks in the whole community. Among all of your people I will praise you.19Don't let those who are my enemies without any reason laugh at me and make fun of me. Don't let those who hate me without any reason wink at me with an evil purpose.20They don't speak words of peace. They make up false charges against those who live quietly in the land.21They open their mouths wide at me. They make fun of me. They say, "With our own eyes we have seen what you did."22Lord, you have seen this. Don't be silent. Lord, don't be far away from me.23Wake up! Rise up to help me! My God and Lord, stand up for me.24LORD my God, when you hand down your sentence, let it be in my favor. You always do what is right. Don't let my enemies have the joy of seeing me fall.25Don't let them think, "That's exactly what we wanted!" Don't let them say, "We have swallowed him up."26Let all those who laugh at me because I'm in trouble be ashamed and bewildered. Let all who think they are better than I am put on shame and dishonor as if they were clothes.27Let those who are happy when my name is cleared shout with joy and gladness. Let them always say, "May the LORD be honored. He is pleased when everything goes well with the one who serves him."28You always do what is right. My tongue will speak about it and praise you all day long.