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(For the music leader.[a] A psalm for the people of Korah.)

The Joy of Worship

84 Lord God All-Powerful,
    your temple is so lovely!
Deep in my heart I long
    for your temple,
    and with all that I am
    I sing joyful songs to you.

Lord God All-Powerful,
    my King and my God,
sparrows find a home
    near your altars;
    swallows build nests there
    to raise their young.

You bless everyone
who lives in your house,
    and they sing your praises.
You bless all who depend
    on you for their strength
    and all who deeply desire
    to visit your temple.
When they reach Dry Valley,[b]
    springs start flowing,
    and the autumn rain fills it
    with pools of water.[c]
Your people grow stronger,
    and you, the God of gods,
    will be seen in Zion.

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  1. Psalm 84 leader: See the note at Psalm 8.
  2. 84.6 Dry Valley: Or “Balsam Tree Valley.” The exact location is not known.
  3. 84.6 and. . . water: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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