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To the Director: On the Gittith.
Longing for God
1How lovely are your dwelling places,
LORD of the Heavenly Armies.
2I desire and long
for the Templea courts of the LORD.
My heart and bodyb sing for joy
to the living God.c
3Even the sparrow found a house for herself
and the swallow a nest
to layd her young at your altar,
LORD of the Heavenly Armies,
my king and God.
4How happy are those who live in your Temple,
for they can praise you continuously.
5How happy are those whose strength is in you,
whose heart is on your path.
6They will pass through the Baca Valley
where he will prepare a spring for them;
even the early rain will cover it with blessings.
7They will walk from strength to strength;
each will appear before God in Zion.
8LORD God of the Heavenly Armies, hear my prayer!
Listen, God of Jacob!
9God, look at our shield,
and show favor to your anointed,
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather stand
at the entrance of God’s house
than live in the tent of wickedness.
11For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD grants grace and favor;
the LORD will not withhold any good thing
from those who walk blamelessly.
12LORD of Heavenly Armies,
how happy are those who trust in you.
a 84:2 The Heb. lacks temple
b 84:2 Lit. flesh
c 84:2 Or the God of life
d 84:3 Or to set up
e 84:10 The Heb. lacks temple