Psalms 84

Psalm 841

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

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