Psalm 84

Longing for God’s House

For the choir director: on the Gittith.(A) A psalm of the sons of Korah.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord of Armies.(B)
I long and yearn
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh cry out for[a] the living God.(C)

Even a sparrow finds a home,
and a swallow, a nest for herself
where she places her young—
near your altars, Lord of Armies,
my King and my God.(D)
How happy are those who reside in your house,
who praise you continually.(E)Selah

Happy are the people whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.(F)
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,[b]
they make it a source of spring water;
even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.[c](G)
They go from strength to strength;
each appears before God in Zion.(H)

Lord God of Armies, hear my prayer;
listen, God of Jacob.(I)Selah
Consider our shield,[d] God;(J)
look on the face of your anointed one.(K)

10 Better a day in your courts
than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than live in the tents of wicked people.(L)
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield.(M)
The Lord grants favor and honor;
he does not withhold the good
from those who live with integrity.(N)
12 Happy is the person who trusts in you,
Lord of Armies!(O)

Psalm 85

Restoration of Favor

For the choir director. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

Lord, you showed favor to your land;(P)
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.[e](Q)
You forgave your people’s guilt;
you covered all their sin.(R)Selah
You withdrew all your fury;
you turned from your burning anger.(S)

Return to us, God of our salvation,
and abandon your displeasure with us.(T)
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger for all generations?(U)
Will you not revive us again
so that your people may rejoice in you?(V)
Show us your faithful love, Lord,
and give us your salvation.(W)

I will listen to what God will say;
surely the Lord will declare peace
to his people, his faithful ones,
and not let them go back to foolish ways.(X)
His salvation is very near those who fear him,
so that glory may dwell in our land.(Y)

10 Faithful love and truth will join together;
righteousness and peace will embrace.(Z)
11 Truth will spring up from the earth,
and righteousness will look down from heaven.(AA)
12 Also, the Lord will provide what is good,
and our land will yield its crops.(AB)
13 Righteousness will go before him
to prepare the way for his steps.(AC)

Footnotes

  1. 84:2 Or flesh shout for joy to
  2. 84:6 Or Valley of Tears
  3. 84:6 Or pools
  4. 84:9 = the king
  5. 85:1 Or restored Jacob from captivity

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