(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! 2 Deep in my heart I long for your temple, and with all that I am I sing joyful songs to you.
3 Lord God All-Powerful, my King and my God, sparrows find a home near your altars; swallows build nests there to raise their young.
4 You bless everyone who lives in your house, and they sing your praises. 5 You bless all who depend on you for their strength and all who deeply desire to visit your temple. 6 When they reach Dry Valley,[b] springs start flowing, and the autumn rain fills it with pools of water.[c] 7 Your people grow stronger, and you, the God of gods, will be seen in Zion.
8 Lord God All-Powerful, the God of Jacob, please answer my prayer! 9 You are the shield that protects your people, and I am your chosen one. Won’t you smile on me?
10 One day in your temple is better than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather serve in your house, than live in the homes of the wicked.
11 Our Lord and our God, you are like the sun and also like a shield. You treat us with kindness and with honor, never denying any good thing to those who live right.
12 Lord God All-Powerful, you bless everyone who trusts you.
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