The Joy of Worship in the Temple
To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!2My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.4Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise. Selah
5Happy are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.6As they go through the valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.7They go from strength to strength;
the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
8O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah9Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed.
10For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than live in the tents of wickedness.11For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
from those who walk uprightly.12O Lord of hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.