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!
1God, show me your favor in keeping with your faithful love. Because your love is so tender and kind, wipe out my lawless acts.2Wash away all of the evil things I've done. Make me pure from my sin.3I know the lawless acts I've committed. I can't forget my sin.4You are the one I've really sinned against. I've done what is evil in your sight. So you are right when you sentence me. You are fair when you judge me.5I know I've been a sinner ever since I was born. I've been a sinner ever since my mother became pregnant with me.6I know that you want truth to be in my heart. You teach me wisdom deep down inside me.7Make me pure by sprinkling me with hyssop plant. Then I will be clean. Wash me. Then I will be whiter than snow.8Let me hear you say, "Your sins are forgiven." That will bring me joy and gladness. Let the body you have broken be glad.9Take away all of my sins. Wipe away all of the evil things I've done.10God, create a pure heart in me. Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you.11Don't send me away from you. Don't take your Holy Spirit away from me.12Give me back the joy that comes from being saved by you. Give me a spirit that obeys you. That will keep me going.13Then I will teach your ways to those who commit lawless acts. And sinners will turn back to you.14You are the God who saves me. I have committed murder. Take away my guilt. Then my tongue will sing about how right you are no matter what you do.15Lord, open my lips so that I can speak. Then my mouth will praise you.16You don't take delight in sacrifice. If you did, I would bring it. You don't take pleasure in burnt offerings.17The greatest sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. God, you will gladly accept a heart that is broken because of sadness over sin.18May you be pleased to give Zion success. Build up the walls of Jerusalem.19Then holy sacrifices will be offered in the right way. Whole burnt offerings will bring delight to you. And bulls will be offered on your altar.
1Lord, hear me and answer me. I am poor and needy.2Keep my life safe. I am faithful to you. You are my God. Save me. I trust in you.3Lord, show me your favor. I call out to you all day long.4Bring joy to me. Lord, I worship you.5Lord, you are good. You are forgiving. You are full of love for all who call out to you.6Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for your favor.7When I'm in trouble, I will call out to you. And you will answer me.8Lord, there's no one like you among the gods. No one can do what you do.9Lord, all of the nations you have made will come and worship you. They will bring glory to you.10You are great. You do wonderful things. You alone are God.11Lord, teach me how you want me to live. Then I will follow your truth. Give me a heart that doesn't want anything more than to worship you.12Lord my God, I will praise you with all my heart. I will bring glory to you forever.13Great is your love for me. You have kept me from going down into the grave.14God, proud people are attacking me. A gang of mean people is trying to kill me. They don't care about you.15But Lord, you are a God who is tender and kind. You are gracious. You are slow to get angry. You are faithful and full of love.16Turn to me and show me your favor. Give me strength and save me.17Prove your goodness to me. Then my enemies will see it and be put to shame. Lord, you have helped me and given me comfort.
1I was very glad when they said to me, "Let us go up to the house of the Lord."2Jerusalem, our feet are standing inside your gates.3Jerusalem is built like a city where everything is close together.4The tribes of the LORD go there to praise his name. They do it in keeping with the law he gave to Israel.5The thrones of the family line of David are there. That's where the people are judged.6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Say, "May those who love you be secure.7May there be peace inside your walls. May your people be kept safe."8I'm concerned for my family and friends. So I say to Jerusalem, "May you enjoy peace."9I'm concerned about the house of the LORD our God. So I pray that things will go well with Jerusalem.