Longing for God's House

For the choir director: on the Gittith. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord of Hosts.
2 I long and yearn for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out fora the living God.
3 Even a sparrow finds a home, and a swallow, a nest for herself where she places her young- near Your altars, Lord of Hosts, my King and my God.
4 How happy are those who reside in Your house, who praise You continually. Selah
5 Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,b they make it a source of springwater; even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.
7 They go from strength to strength; each appears before God in Zion.
8 Lord God of Hosts, hear my prayer; listen, God of Jacob. Selah
9 Consider our shield,c God;d look on the face of Your anointed one.
10 Better a day in Your courts than a thousand [anywhere else]. I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield.e The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.
12 Lord of Hosts, happy is the person who trusts in You!