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Psalm 84

For the worship leader. A song of the sons of Korah accompanied by the harp.[a]

How lovely is Your temple, Your dwelling place on earth,
    O Eternal One, Commander of heaven’s armies.
How I long to be there—my soul is spent,
    wanting, waiting to walk in the courts of the Eternal.
My whole being sings joyfully
    to the living God.
Just as the sparrow seeks her home,
    and the swallow finds in her own nest
    a place to lay her young,
I, too, seek Your altars, my King and my God,
    Commander of heaven’s armies.
How blessed are those who make Your house their home,
    who live with You;
    they are constantly praising You.

[pause][b]

Blessed are those who make You their strength,
    for they treasure every step of the journey [to Zion].[c]
On their way through the valley of Baca,
    they stop and dig wells to collect the refreshing spring water,
    and the early rains fill the pools.
They journey from place to place, gaining strength along the way;
    until they meet God in Zion.

O Eternal God, Commander of heaven’s armies, listen to my prayer.
    O please listen, God of Jacob.

[pause]

O True God, look at our shield, our protector,
    see the face of Your anointed king, and defend our defender.

10 Just one day in the courts of Your temple is greater
    than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather serve as a porter at my God’s doorstep
    than live in luxury in the house of the wicked.
11 For the Eternal God is a sun and a shield.
    The Eternal grants favor and glory;
He doesn’t deny any good thing
    to those who live with integrity.
12 O Eternal One, Commander of heaven’s armies,
    how fortunate are those who trust You.

Footnotes

  1. 84:title Hebrew, gittith, a winepress or a musical instrument from Gath
  2. 84:4 Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
  3. 84:5 Hebrew manuscripts omit this portion.