Psalm 84

1    How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!  

My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord;

    my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

2    The sparrow has found her a house

    and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young:  

at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

3    Blessed are they who dwell in your house:  

they will always be praising you.

4    Blessed are those whose strength is in you,  

in whose heart are the highways to Zion,

5    Who going through the barren valley find there a spring,  

and the early rains will clothe it with blessing.

6    They will go from strength to strength  

and appear before God in Zion.

7    O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;  

listen, O God of Jacob.

8    Behold our defender, O God,  

and look upon the face of your anointed.

   For one day in your courts  

is better than a thousand.

10  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God  

than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

11  For the Lord God is both sun and shield;

    he will give grace and glory;  

no good thing shall the Lord withhold

    from those who walk with integrity.

12  O Lord God of hosts,  

blessed are those who put their trust in you.


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