Passage: Psalms 84, 85 (RSV)

Psalms 84

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
2My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
5Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
7They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]
9Behold our shield, O God; look upon the face of thine anointed!
10For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in thee!

Psalms 85

A Prayer of David.

1LORD, thou wast favorable to thy land; thou didst restore the fortunes of Jacob.
2Thou didst forgive the iniquity of thy people; thou didst pardon all their sin. [Selah]
3Thou didst withdraw all thy wrath; thou didst turn from thy hot anger.
4Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away thy indignation toward us!
5Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? Wilt thou prolong thy anger to all generations?
6Wilt thou not revive us again, that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7Show us thy steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
8Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12Yea, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.

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