Longing for God's House
841 How dear are your tents, O Lord of armies! 2 The passion of my soul's desire is for the house of the Lord; my heart and my flesh are crying out for the living God. 3 The little birds have places for themselves, where they may put their young, even your altars, O Lord of armies, my King and my God. 4 Happy are they whose resting-place is in your house: they will still be praising you. (Selah.) 5 Happy is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6 Going through the valley of balsam-trees, they make it a place of springs; it is clothed with blessings by the early rain. 7 They go from strength to strength; every one of them comes before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of armies, let my prayer come to you: give ear, O God of Jacob. (Selah.) 9 O God, let your eyes be on him who is our safe cover, and let your heart be turned to your king. 10 For a day in your house is better than a thousand. It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to be living in the tents of sin. 11 The Lord God is our sun and our strength: the Lord will give grace and glory: he will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright. 12 O Lord of armies, happy is the man whose hope is in you.
A Prayer for God's Mercy on Israel
851 Lord, you were good to your land: changing the fate of Jacob. 2 The wrongdoing of your people had forgiveness; all their sin had been covered. (Selah.) 3 You were no longer angry: you were turned from the heat of your wrath. 4 Come back to us, O God of our salvation, and be angry with us no longer. 5 Will you go on being angry with us for ever? will you keep your wrath against us through all the long generations? 6 Will you not give us life again, so that your people may be glad in you? 7 Let us see your mercy, O Lord, and give us your salvation.
8 I will give ear to the voice of the Lord; for he will say words of peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not go back to their foolish ways. 9 Truly, his salvation is near to his worshippers; so that glory may be in our land. 10 Mercy and faith have come together; righteousness and peace have given one another a kiss. 11 Faith comes up from the earth like a plant; righteousness is looking down from heaven. 12 The Lord will give what is good; and our land will give its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him, making a way for his footsteps.
A Prayer for God's Continued Mercy
861 Let your ears be open to my voice, O Lord, and give me an answer; for I am poor and in need. 2 Keep my soul, for I am true to you; O my God, give salvation to your servant, whose hope is in you. 3 Have mercy on me, O Lord; for my cry goes up to you all the day. 4 Make glad the soul of your servant; for it is lifted up to you, O Lord. 5 You are good, O Lord, and full of forgiveness; your mercy is great to all who make their cry to you. 6 O Lord, give ear to my prayer; and take note of the sound of my requests. 7 In the day of my trouble I send up my cry to you; for you will give me an answer.
8 There is no god like you, O Lord; there are no works like your works. 9 Let all the nations whom you have made come and give worship to you, O Lord, giving glory to your name. 10 For you are great, and do great works of wonder; you only are God. 11 Make your way clear to me, O Lord; I will go on my way in your faith: let my heart be glad in the fear of your name. 12 I will give you praise, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will give glory to your name for ever. 13 For your mercy to me is great; you have taken my soul up from the deep places of the underworld. 14 O God, men of pride have come up against me, and the army of violent men would take my life; they have not put you before them. 15 But you, O Lord, are a God full of pity and forgiveness, slow to get angry, great in mercy and wisdom. 16 O be turned to me and have mercy on me: give your strength to your servant, and your salvation to the son of her who is your servant. 17 Give me a sign for good; so that my haters may see it and be shamed; because you, Lord, have been my help and comfort.