I have been made deeply happy
because my rebellion has been removed;
my offences are covered by the payment Jesus made,
so they no longer count against me!
I no longer live a deceitful life, lying to myself and others,
trying to lie to God.
I was totally exhausted
in my attempt to hide my sinfulness and appear righteous.
You didn’t let me get away with that.
You directed me to recognize and admit my sin to you.
When I finally yielded and confessed my sinfulness,
you carried it away
and even bore the punishment for the evil of my offenses!!
Everyone can be treated in the same way
if they cry out to you while they live,
acknowledge their sin and seek forgiveness.
When judgment comes
it will not touch those who belong to you like this.
I will enlighten you and launch you in the way to live righteously;
I will never leave you alone
but will always guide and counsel you, watching over you.
Don’t obey me from compulsion like horses and mules obey a master.
They have no understanding of the master’s heart
but are controlled by bit and bridle.
Those who obey me like that will live in sorrow
but one whose obedience arises from his trust in me
will be wrapped up in my loyal love.
Rejoice in Jehovah!
Oh, rejoice all you who have been enveloped in his righteousness.
Don’t hide your joy; let it be known
that God has made you upright through and through.
– Personalized from the Original Hebrew