Saturday, June 30, 2012
O Lord of Heaven's Armies.
I love, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home
and the swallow builds her nest and raises
her young at a place near your altar,
O Lord of Heaven's Armies, my King and my God!
What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises.
What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before the God in Jerusalem.
O Lord God of Heaven's Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob.
O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.
O Lord of Heaven's Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you.
A psalm of the descendants of Korah.
New Living Translation
Notes: There is a longing expressed in this psalm for something more than what can be known in this life. This may seem like strange language to those who have never experienced it, but for those who have there is a depth and intensity of feeling that is powerfully compelling. How lovely is the dwelling place of the Lord of Heaven's Armies. Once experienced, nothing else satisfies.