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(For the music leader by David, the Lord’s servant.)

Human Sin and God’s Goodness

36 Sinners don’t respect God;
    sin is all they think about.
They like themselves too much
to hate their own sins
    or even to see them.
They tell deceitful lies,
    and they don’t have the sense
    to live right.
Those people stay awake,
    thinking up mischief,
and they follow the wrong road,
    refusing to turn from sin.

Your love is faithful, Lord,
    and even the clouds in the sky
    can depend on you.
Your decisions are always fair.
They are firm like mountains,
    deep like the sea,
    and all people and animals
    are under your care.

Your love is a treasure,
and everyone finds shelter
    in the shadow of your wings.
You give your guests a feast
    in your house,
    and you serve a tasty drink
    that flows like a river.
The life-giving fountain
    belongs to you,
    and your light gives light
    to each of us.

10 Our Lord, keep showing love
    to everyone who knows you,
and use your power to save
    all whose thoughts please you.
11 Don’t let those proud
    and merciless people
    kick me around
    or chase me away.

12 Look at those wicked people!
    They are knocked down,
    never to get up again.