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Psalm 84 (New Century Version)

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1 Lord All-Powerful, how lovely is your Temple! 2 I want more than anything to be in the courtyards of the Lord's Temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God. 3 The 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. 4 Happy are the people who live at your Temple; they are always praising you. Selah 5 Happy are those whose strength comes from you, who want to travel to Jerusalem. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it like a spring. The autumn rains fill it with pools of water. 7 The people get stronger as they go, and everyone meets with God in Jerusalem. 8 Lord God All-Powerful, hear my prayer; God of Jacob, listen to me. Selah 9 God, look at our shield; be kind to your appointed king. 10 One 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. 11 The 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. 12 Lord All-Powerful, happy are the people who trust you!
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