For the director of music. On the gittith [C perhaps a musical term or instrument]. A psalm of the sons of Korah [C descendants of Kohath, son of Levi, who served as temple musicians; 1 Chr. 6:22].
84 Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], how lovely is your ·Temple [L residence; dwelling place]! 2 I ·want more than anything to be in [L long, even faint for] the courtyards of the ·Lord’s Temple [L Lord]. My ·whole being wants to be with [L heart/mind and flesh sing for joy to] the living God. 3 The sparrows have found a home, and the swallows have nests. They raise their young near your altars, Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], my King and my God. 4 ·Happy [Blessed] are the people who live at your ·Temple [L house]; they are always praising you. ·Selah[Interlude]
5 ·Happy [Blessed] are those whose strength comes from you, ·who want to travel to Jerusalem [L in whose hearts are highways; C they want to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem to celebrate religious festivals]. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca [C “weeping,” location unknown], they make it ·like [L a place with] a spring. The ·autumn [early] rains ·fill [wrap; cover] it with ·pools of water [or blessings]. 7 The people ·get stronger as they go [L go from strength to strength], and everyone ·meets with [L sees] ·God [L the God of gods] in ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple].
8 Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], hear my prayer; God of Jacob [C another name for Israel], ·listen to me [give ear]. ·Selah[Interlude] 9 God, look at our shield [C the king]; be kind to your ·appointed king [anointed; Messiah; C the king, ultimately Jesus; Acts 4:25–28].
10 One day in your courtyards is better than a thousand days anywhere else. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the Temple of my God than live in the ·homes [L tents] of the wicked. 11 The Lord God is like a sun and shield; the Lord gives us ·kindness [mercy; grace] and ·honor [glory]. He does not hold back anything good from those ·whose lives are innocent [L who walk in innocence/blamelessness]. 12 Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], ·happy [blessed] are the people who ·trust [have confidence in] you!
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