In Praise of the Temple
A song for going up to worship.
1Lord, remember David and all his suffering.
2He made a promise to the Lord.
He made a promise to the Mighty God of Jacob.
3He said, “I will not go home to my house.
I will not lie down on my bed.
4I will not close my eyes
or let myself sleep
5until I find a place for the Lord.
I want to provide a home for the Mighty God of Jacob.”
6We heard about the Ark of the Covenant in Bethlehem.
We found it at Kiriath Jearim.
7Let’s go to the Lord’s house.
Let’s worship at his footstool.
8Rise, Lord, and come to your resting place.
Come with the Ark of the Covenant that shows your strength.
9May your priests do what is right.
May your people sing for joy.
10For the sake of your servant David,
do not reject your appointed king.
11The Lord made a promise to David.
It was a sure promise that he will not take back.
He promised, “I will make one of your descendants
rule as king after you.
12But your sons must keep my agreement
and the rules that I teach them.
Then their sons after them will rule
on your throne forever and ever.”
13The Lord has chosen Jerusalem.
He wants it for his home.
14He says, “This is my resting place forever.
Here is where I want to stay.
15I will bless her with plenty of food.
I will fill her poor with food.
16I will let her priests receive salvation.
And those who worship me will really sing for joy.
17“I will make a king come from the family of David.
I will provide my appointed one descendants to rule after him.
18I will cover his enemies with shame.
But his crown will shine.”