Psalm 84

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    How lovely is thy dwelling-place,
       O Lord of hosts, to me!
     The tabernacles of thy grace
       how pleasant, Lord, they be!
2    My thirsty soul longs veh'mently,
       yea faints, thy courts to see:
     My very heart and flesh cry out,
       O living God, for thee.

3    Behold, the sparrow findeth out
       an house wherein to rest;
     The swallow also for herself
       hath purchased a nest;
     Ev'n thine own altars,* where she safe
       her young ones forth may bring,
     O thou almighty Lord of hosts,
       who art my God and King.

4    Bless'd are they in thy house that dwell,
       they ever give thee praise.
5    Bless'd is the man whose strength thou art,
       in whose heart are thy ways:
6    Who passing thorough Baca's vale,
       therein do dig up wells;
     Also the rain that falleth down
       the pools with water fills.

7    So they from strength unwearied go
       still forward unto strength,
     Until in Sion they appear
       before the Lord at length.
8    Lord God of hosts, my prayer hear;
       O Jacob's God, give ear.
9    See God our shield, look on the face
       of thine anointed dear.

10   For in thy courts one day excels
       a thousand; rather in
     My God's house will I keep a door,
       than dwell in tents of sin.
11   For God the Lord's a sun and shield:
       he'll grace and glory give;
     And will withhold no good from them
       that uprightly do live.

12   O thou that art the Lord of hosts,
       that man is truly blest,
     Who by assured confidence
       on thee alone doth rest.

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