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.Chapter 85Prayer for the Restoration of God's Favor
To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.2You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you pardoned all their sin. Selah3You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.
4Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us.5Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?6Will you not revive us again,
so that your people may rejoice in you?7Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
8Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.9Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.11Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.12The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.13Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.Chapter 86Supplication for Help against Enemies
A Prayer of David.
1Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.2Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;3be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all day long.4Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.5For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my cry of supplication.7In the day of my trouble I call on you,
for you will answer me.
8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.9All the nations you have made shall come
and bow down before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.10For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.11Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.13For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14O God, the insolent rise up against me;
a band of ruffians seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.15But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.16Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the child of your serving girl.17Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.Chapter 87The Joy of Living in Zion
Of the Korahites. A Psalm. A Song.
1On the holy mount stands the city he founded;2the Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.3Glorious things are spoken of you,
O city of God. Selah
4Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia —
“This one was born there,” they say.
5And of Zion it shall be said,
“This one and that one were born in it”;
for the Most High himself will establish it.6The Lord records, as he registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.” Selah
7Singers and dancers alike say,
“All my springs are in you.”Chapter 88Prayer for Help in Despondency
A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites. To the leader: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.
1O Lord, God of my salvation,
when, at night, I cry out in your presence,2let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry.
3For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.4I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;
I am like those who have no help,5like those forsaken among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.6You have put me in the depths of the Pit,
in the regions dark and deep.7Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah
8You have caused my companions to shun me;
you have made me a thing of horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;9my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call on you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to you.10Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the shades rise up to praise you? Selah11Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?12Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness?
13But I, O Lord, cry out to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.14O Lord, why do you cast me off?
Why do you hide your face from me?15Wretched and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am desperate.16Your wrath has swept over me;
your dread assaults destroy me.17They surround me like a flood all day long;
from all sides they close in on me.18You have caused friend and neighbor to shun me;
my companions are in darkness.