Psalm 84

PSALM 84.11


PSALM 84


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How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

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I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.

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With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.

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Even 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!

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What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises.

Interlude

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What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

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When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.

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The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

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O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob.

Interlude

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O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.

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A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!

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I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

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For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.

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The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.

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O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you.

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