For the director of music. By the gittith. A song of the sons of Korah.
84 Lord of heaven’s armies, how lovely is your Temple! 2 I want to be in the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God. 3 The sparrows have found a home. And the swallows have nests. They raise their young near your altars, Lord of heaven’s armies, my King and my God. 4 Happy are the people who live at your Temple. They are always praising you. Selah
5 Happy are those whose strength comes from you. They want to travel to Jerusalem. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it like a spring. The autumn rains fill it with pools of water. 7 The people get stronger as they go. And everyone meets with God in Jerusalem.
8 Lord God of heaven’s armies, hear my prayer. God of Jacob, listen to me. Selah 9 God, look at our shield. Be kind to your appointed king.
10 One day in the courtyards of your Temple 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 of the wicked. 11 The Lord God is like our sun and shield. The Lord gives us kindness and glory. He does not hold back anything good from those whose life is innocent. 12 Lord of heaven’s armies, happy are the people who trust you!
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