For the music leader. According to the Gittith. Of the Korahites. A psalm.
1How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD of heavenly forces!
2My very being#Or soul longs, even yearns,
for the LORD’s courtyards.
My heart and my body
will rejoice out loud to the living God!
3Yes, the sparrow too has found a home there;
the swallow has found herself a nest
where she can lay her young beside your altars,
LORD of heavenly forces, my king, my God!
4Those who live in your house are truly happy;
they praise you constantly. Selah
5Those who put their strength in you are truly happy;
pilgrimage is in their hearts.
6As they pass through the Baca Valley,#LXX; Vulg Valley of Tears
they make it a spring of water.
Yes, the early rain covers it with blessings.
7They go from strength to strength,
until they see the supreme God in Zion.#Correction; MT the God of gods will be seen in Zion
8LORD God of heavenly forces,
hear my prayer;
listen closely, Jacob’s God! Selah
9Look at our shield, God;
pay close attention to the face of your anointed one!
10Better is a single day in your courtyards
than a thousand days anywhere else!
I would prefer to stand outside the entrance of my God’s house
than live comfortably in the tents of the wicked!
11The LORD is a sun and shield;
God is favor and glory.
The LORD gives—doesn’t withhold!—good things
to those who walk with integrity.
12LORD of heavenly forces,
those who trust in you are truly happy!