Longing for God's House
84 1 How lovely are Your dwelling places , O Lord of hosts ! 2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord ; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God . 3 The bird also has found a house , And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young , Even Your altars , O Lord of hosts , My King and my God . 4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house ! They are ever praising You. Selah . 5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! 6 Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring ; The early rain also covers it with blessings . 7 They go from strength to strength , Every one of them appears before God in Zion .
8 O Lord God of hosts , hear my prayer ; Give ear , O God of Jacob ! Selah . 9 Behold our shield , O God , And look upon the face of Your anointed . 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness . 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield ; The Lord gives grace and glory ; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly . 12 O Lord of hosts , How blessed is the man who trusts in You!