1A person is very happy. when his sins are forgiven. ˻That person is very fortunate˼ when his sins are erased. 2A person is very happy when the Lord says he is not guilty. ˻That person is very fortunate˼ he didn’t hide his secret sins. 3God, I prayed to you again and again, but I did not talk ˻about my secret sins˼. I only became weaker every time I prayed. 4God, you made life harder and harder on me, day and night. I became like a dry, dry land in the hot summertime. selah 5But then I decided to confess all my sins to the Lord. Lord, I told you about my sins. I did not hide any of my guilt. And you forgave me for all my sins! 6For that reason, God, your loyal followers should pray to you when the time comes. Then when trouble rises like a flood, it won’t reach them. 7God, you are a hiding place for me. You protect me from my troubles. You surround me and protect me. So I sing about the way you saved me. 8˻The Lord says,˼ “I will teach you and guide you on the way you should live. I will protect you and be your guide. 9So don’t be stupid like a horse or a donkey. People must use bits and reins to lead those animals. Without those things, those animals will not come near you.” 10Many pains will come to bad people. But God’s true love will surround the people that trust the Lord. 11Good people, rejoice and be very happy in the Lord. All you people with pure hearts, rejoice!