Psalm 26

This is a song that David wrote.

I want to make God happy

1 Lord, I always try to do what is right.

I continue to trust you all the time.

So please show that I am not guilty of wrong things.

2 Test me, Lord, and see how I have lived.

Look into my mind and see my thoughts.

3 I always know that I can trust you,

because of your special love.

So I want to live to make you happy.

4 I do not become a friend of people who tell lies.

I do not join together with hypocrites.

5 I keep away from any crowd of evil people.

I do not become a friend of wicked people.

6 I wash my hands as a sign

that I have done nothing wrong.

Then I can worship you at your altar, Lord.

7 I can sing aloud to thank you.

I can tell people about all the great things that you have done.

8 Lord, I love the temple that is your house.

It is the place where we clearly see your glory.

9 Do not take away my life,

as you do with sinners.

Do not punish me with death,

as you do with murderers.

10 Those people are always ready to do evil things.

They use bribes to get what they want.

11 But I always try to do what is right.

Please save me and be kind to me!

12 Now I stand in a safe place.

I will praise the Lord

when his people meet together to worship him.