Psalm 84
Longing for God’s House
For the choir director: on the Gittith.84:0 Ps 8; 81 A psalm of the sons of Korah.
1How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord of Armies.84:1 Ps 43:3; 132:5
2I long and yearn
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh cry out for84:2 Or flesh shout for joy to the living God.84:2 Ps 42:1–2; 63:1

3Even a sparrow finds a home,
and a swallow, a nest for herself
where she places her young —
near your altars, Lord of Armies,
my King and my God.84:3 Ps 5:2; 43:4
4How happy are those who reside in your house,
who praise you continually.84:4 Ps 65:4Selah

5Happy are the people whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.84:5 Ps 119:2; 122:1
6As they pass through the Valley of Baca,84:6 Or Valley of Tears
they make it a source of spring water;
even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.84:6 Or pools84:6 Ezk 34:26; Jl 2:23
7They go from strength to strength;
each appears before God in Zion.84:7 Pr 4:18; Is 40:31

8 Lord God of Armies, hear my prayer;
listen, God of Jacob.84:8 Ps 39:12; 54:2; 86:6Selah
9Consider our shield,84:9 = the king God;84:9 Ps 3:3; 115:9–11
look on the face of your anointed one.84:9 1Sm 2:10; 2Ch 6:42; Ps 132:17

10Better a day in your courts
than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than live in the tents of wicked people.84:10 Ps 27:4
11For the Lord God is a sun and shield.84:11 Ps 3:3; 5:12; 18:2; 28:7; 119:114; Is 60:19–20; Rv 21:23
The Lord grants favor and honor;
he does not withhold the good
from those who live with integrity.84:11 Pr 2:7
12Happy is the person who trusts in you,
Lord of Armies!84:12 Ps 40:4