For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.*84:title Hebrew according to the gittith.
1How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
2I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
3Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
4What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises.
5What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
6When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,*84:6 Or Valley of Poplars; Hebrew reads valley of Baca.
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
7They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.*84:7 Hebrew Zion.
8O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob.
9O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.
10A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
11For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.
12O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you.