Longing for God’s House

1 For the choir director: on the Gittith.(A) A psalm of the sons of Korah.
How lovely is Your dwelling place,
Lord of Hosts.(B)
I long and yearn
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh cry out for(a) the living God.(C)
Even a sparrow finds a home,
and a swallow, a nest for herself
where she places her young—
near Your altars, Lord of Hosts,
my King and my God.(D)
How happy are those who reside in Your house,
who praise You continually.(E)Selah
Happy are the people whose strength is in You,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.(F)
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,(b)
they make it a source of springwater;
even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.(c)(G)
They go from strength to strength;
each appears before God in Zion.(H)
Lord God of Hosts, hear my prayer;
listen, God of Jacob.(I)Selah
Consider our shield,(d) God;(J)
look on the face of Your anointed one.(K)
Better a day in Your courts
than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather be at the door of the house of my God
than to live in the tents of wicked people.(L)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield.(M)
The Lord gives grace and glory;
He does not withhold the good
from those who live with integrity.(N)
Happy is the person who trusts in You,
Lord of Hosts!(O)


a. Psalm 84:2: Or flesh shout for joy to
b. Psalm 84:6: Or Valley of Tears
c. Psalm 84:6: Or pools
d. Psalm 84:9: the king

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