84 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 1 written by the Korahites, a psalm.
How lovely is the place where you live, 2
O Lord who rules over all! 3
2 I desperately want to be 4
in the courts of the Lord’s temple. 5
My heart and my entire being 6 shout for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the birds find a home there,
and the swallow 7 builds a nest,
where she can protect her young 8
near your altars, O Lord who rules over all,
my king and my God.
4 How blessed 9 are those who live in your temple
and praise you continually! (Selah)
5 How blessed are those who 10 find their strength in you,
and long to travel the roads that lead to your temple! 11
6 As they pass through the Baca Valley, 12
he provides a spring for them. 13
The rain 14 even covers it with pools of water. 15
7 They are sustained as they travel along; 16
each one appears 17 before God in Zion.
8 O Lord, sovereign God, 18
hear my prayer!
Listen, O God of Jacob! (Selah)
9 O God, take notice of our shield! 19
Show concern for your chosen king! 20
10 Certainly 21 spending just one day in your temple courts is better
than spending a thousand elsewhere. 22
I would rather stand at the entrance 23 to the temple of my God
than live 24 in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is our sovereign protector. 25
The Lord bestows favor 26 and honor;
he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity. 27
12 O Lord who rules over all, 28
how blessed are those who trust in you! 29
85 For the music director; written by the Korahites, a psalm.
O Lord, you showed favor to your land;
you restored the well-being of Jacob. 1
2 You pardoned 2 the wrongdoing of your people;
you forgave 3 all their sin. (Selah)
3 You withdrew all your fury;
you turned back from your raging anger. 4
4 Restore us, O God our deliverer!
Do not be displeased with us! 5
5 Will you stay mad at us forever?
Will you remain angry throughout future generations? 6
6 Will you not revive us once more?
Then your people will rejoice in you!
7 O Lord, show us your loyal love!
Bestow on us your deliverance!
8 I will listen to what God the Lord says. 7
For he will make 8 peace with his people, his faithful followers. 9
Yet they must not 10 return to their foolish ways.
9 Certainly his loyal followers will soon experience his deliverance; 11
then his splendor will again appear in our land. 12
10 Loyal love and faithfulness meet; 13
deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss. 14
11 Faithfulness grows from the ground,
and deliverance looks down from the sky. 15
12 Yes, the Lord will bestow his good blessings, 16
and our land will yield 17 its crops.
13 Deliverance goes 18 before him,
and prepares 19 a pathway for him. 20
86 A prayer of David.
Listen 1 O Lord! Answer me!
For I am oppressed and needy.
2 Protect me, 2 for I am loyal!
O my God, deliver your servant, who trusts in you!
3 Have mercy on me, 3 O Lord,
for I cry out to you all day long!
4 Make your servant 4 glad,
for to you, O Lord, I pray! 5
5 Certainly 6 O Lord, you are kind 7 and forgiving,
and show great faithfulness to all who cry out to you.
6 O Lord, hear my prayer!
Pay attention to my plea for mercy!
7 In my time of trouble I cry out to you,
for you will answer me.
8 None can compare to you among the gods, O Lord!
Your exploits are incomparable! 8
9 All the nations, whom you created,
will come and worship you, 9 O Lord.
They will honor your name.
10 For you are great and do amazing things.
You alone are God.
11 O Lord, teach me how you want me to live! 10
Then I will obey your commands. 11
Make me wholeheartedly committed to you! 12
12 O Lord, my God, I will give you thanks with my whole heart!
I will honor your name continually! 13
13 For you will extend your great loyal love to me, 14
and will deliver my life 15 from the depths of Sheol. 16
14 O God, arrogant men attack me; 17
a gang 18 of ruthless men, who do not respect you, seek my life. 19
15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God.
You are patient 20 and demonstrate great loyal love and faithfulness. 21
16 Turn toward me and have mercy on me!
Give your servant your strength!
Deliver your slave! 22
17 Show me evidence of your favor! 23
Then those who hate me will see it and be ashamed, 24
for you, O Lord, will help me and comfort me. 25