For the music director; according to the gittith style;2 written by the Korahites, a psalm.
84:1 How lovely is the place where you live,3
O Lord who rules over all!4
84:2 I desperately want to be5
in the courts of the Lord’s temple.6
My heart and my entire being7 shout for joy
to the living God.
84:3 Even the birds find a home there,
and the swallow8 builds a nest,
where she can protect her young9
near your altars, O Lord who rules over all,
my king and my God.
84:4 How blessed10 are those who live in your temple
and praise you continually! (Selah)
84:5 How blessed are those who11 find their strength in you,
and long to travel the roads that lead to your temple!12
84:6 As they pass through the Baca Valley,13
he provides a spring for them.14
The rain15 even covers it with pools of water.16
84:7 They are sustained as they travel along;17
each one appears18 before God in Zion.
84:8 O Lord, sovereign God,19
hear my prayer!
Listen, O God of Jacob! (Selah)
84:9 O God, take notice of our shield!20
Show concern for your chosen king!21
84:10 Certainly22 spending just one day in your temple courts is better
than spending a thousand elsewhere.23
I would rather stand at the entrance24 to the temple of my God
than live25 in the tents of the wicked.
84:11 For the Lord God is our sovereign protector.26
The Lord bestows favor27 and honor;
he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity.28
84:12 O Lord who rules over all,29
how blessed are those who trust in you!30