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Wishing to Be in the Temple
For the director of music. On the gittith. A psalm of the sons of Korah.
1Lord All-Powerful,
how lovely is your Temple!
2I want more than anything
to be in the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple.
My whole being wants
to be with the living God.
3The sparrows have found a home,
and the swallows have nests.
They raise their young near your altars,
Lord All-Powerful, my King and my God.
4Happy are the people who live at your Temple;
they are always praising you.Selah
5Happy are those whose strength comes from you,
who want to travel to Jerusalem.
6As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it like a spring.
The autumn rains fill it with pools of water.
7The people get stronger as they go,
and everyone meets with God in Jerusalem.
8Lord God All-Powerful, hear my prayer;
God of Jacob, listen to me.Selah
9God, look at our shield;
be kind to your appointed king.
10One day in the courtyards of your Temple is better
than a thousand days anywhere else.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the Temple of my God
than live in the homes of the wicked.
11The Lord God is like a sun and shield;
the Lord gives us kindness and honor.
He does not hold back anything good
from those whose lives are innocent.
12Lord All-Powerful,
happy are the people who trust you!
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