The Joy of Worshiping in the Temple
For the music director; on the Gittith.
Of the sons of Korah. A psalm.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1How lovely are your dwelling places,
O Yahweh of hosts!
2My soul longs and even fails
for the courtyards of Yahweh.
My heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3Even a bird finds a home, and a swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
near your altars, O Yahweh of hosts,
my king and my God.
4Blessed are those who dwell in your house;#Or “temple”
they can ever praise you. Selah
5Blessed is the man whose strength is in you;
in their heart are the highways to Zion.
6Passing through the Valley of Baca,#Or “Valley of Weeping”
they make it a spring.
The early rain covers it with blessings#A change in vocalization of the Hebrew yields “it with pools” as well.
7They go from strength to strength,
until each appears before God in Zion.#Or “the God of gods will be seen in Zion”
8O Yahweh, God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah
9Look at our shield, O God,
and have regard for the face of your anointed one.
10Because better is a day in your courtyards
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be at the threshold of the house#Or “temple” of my God
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11Because Yahweh God is a sun and a shield;
Yahweh gives grace and honor.
He does not withhold good from those who walk blamelessly.
12O Yahweh of hosts,
blessed is the man who trusts you.