Psalm 84    Quam dilecta!

1     O how lovely are thy dwellings : thou Lord of hosts.

2     My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

3     Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young : even thine altars O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

4     Blessed are they that dwell in thy house : they will be alway praising thee.

5     Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee : in whose heart are the pilgrim ways.

6     Who going through the Vale of Misery use it for a well : yea, the early rain covereth it with blessings.

7     They go from strength to strength : and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.

8     O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, O God of Jacob.

9     Behold, O God our shield : and look upon the face of thine anointed.

10   For one day in thy courts : is better than a thousand.

11   I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God : than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

12   For the Lord God is a light and defence; the Lord will give grace and glory : and no good thing shall he withhold from them that lead a godly life.

13   O Lord God of hosts : blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.