For the leader. On the gittit. A psalm of the sons of Korach: How deeply loved are your dwelling-places, ADONAI-Tzva'ot!
My soul yearns, yes, faints with longing for the courtyards of ADONAI; my heart and body cry for joy to the living God.
As the sparrow finds herself a home and the swallow her nest, where she lays her young, [so my resting-place is] by your altars, ADONAI-Tzva'ot, my king and my God.
How happy are those who live in your house; they never cease to praise you! (Selah)
How happy the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are [pilgrim] highways.
Passing through the [dry] Baka Valley, they make it a place of springs, and the early rain clothes it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength and appear before God in Tziyon.
ADONAI, God of armies, hear my prayer; listen, God of Ya'akov. (Selah)
God, see our shield [the king]; look at the face of your anointed.
Better a day in your courtyards than a thousand [days elsewhere]. Better just standing at the door of my God's house than living in the tents of the wicked.
For ADONAI, God, is a sun and a shield; ADONAI bestows favor and honor; he will not withhold anything good from those whose lives are pure.
ADONAI-Tzva'ot, how happy is anyone who trusts in you!