1 How lovely are your dwelling places, LORD of the Heavenly Armies. 2 I desire and long for the Temple courts of the LORD. My heart and body sing for joy to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow found a house for herself and the swallow a nest to lay her young at your altar, LORD of the Heavenly Armies, my king and God. 4 How happy are those who live in your Temple, for they can praise you continuously. Interlude
5 How happy are those whose strength is in you, whose heart is on your path. 6 They will pass through the Baca Valley where he will prepare a spring for them; even the early rain will cover it with blessings. 7 They will walk from strength to strength; each will appear before God in Zion.
8 LORD God of the Heavenly Armies, hear my prayer! Listen, God of Jacob! Interlude 9 God, look at our shield, and show favor to your anointed,
10 for a day in your Temple courts is better than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather stand at the entrance of God's house than live in the tent of wickedness. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD grants grace and favor; the LORD will not withhold any good thing from those who walk blamelessly. 12 LORD of Heavenly Armies, how happy are those who trust in you. To the Director: A Psalm by the descendants of Korah.