841How I love your Temple, LORD Almighty!
2How I want to be there!
I long to be in the LORD's Temple.
With my whole being I sing for joy
to the living God.
3Even the sparrows have built a nest,
and the swallows have their own home;
they keep their young near your altars,
LORD Almighty, my king and my God.
4How happy are those who live in your Temple,
always singing praise to you.
5How happy are those whose strength comes from you,
who are eager to make the pilgrimage to Mount Zion.
6As they pass through the dry valley of Baca,
it becomes a place of springs;
the autumn rain fills it with pools.
7They grow stronger as they go;
they will see the God of gods on Zion.
8Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty.
Listen, O God of Jacob!
9Bless our king, O God,
the king you have chosen.
10One day spent in your Temple
is better than a thousand anywhere else;
I would rather stand at the gate of the house of my God
than live in the homes of the wicked.
11The LORD is our protector and glorious king,
blessing us with kindness and honour.
He does not refuse any good thing
to those who do what is right.
12LORD Almighty, how happy are those who trust in you!
851LORD, you have been merciful to your land;
you have made Israel prosperous again.
2You have forgiven your people's sins
and pardoned all their wrongs.
3You stopped being angry with them
and held back your furious rage.
4Bring us back, O God our saviour,
and stop being displeased with us!
5Will you be angry with us for ever?
Will your anger never cease?
6Make us strong again,
and we, your people, will praise you.
7Show us your constant love, O LORD,
and give us your saving help.
8I am listening to what the LORD God is saying;
he promises peace to us, his own people,
if we do not go back to our foolish ways.
9Surely he is ready to save those who honour him,
and his saving presence will remain in our land.
10Love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will embrace.
11Human loyalty will reach up from the earth,
and God's righteousness will look down from heaven.
12The LORD will make us prosperous,
and our land will produce rich harvests.
13Righteousness will go before the LORD
and prepare the path for him.
861Listen to me, LORD, and answer me,
for I am helpless and weak.
2Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;
save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.
3You are my God, so be merciful to me;
I pray to you all day long.
4Make your servant glad, O Lord,
because my prayers go up to you.
5You are good to us and forgiving,
full of constant love for all who pray to you.
6Listen, LORD, to my prayer;
hear my cries for help.
7I call to you in times of trouble,
because you answer my prayers.
8There is no god like you, O Lord,
not one has done what you have done.
All the nations that you have created
will come and bow down to you;
they will praise your greatness.
10You are mighty and do wonderful things;
you alone are God.
11Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do,
and I will obey you faithfully;
teach me to serve you with complete devotion.
12I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God;
I will proclaim your greatness for ever.
13How great is your constant love for me!
You have saved me from the grave itself.
14The proud are coming against me, O God;
a cruel gang is trying to kill me —
people who pay no attention to you.
15But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God,
always patient, always kind and faithful.
16Turn to me and have mercy on me;
strengthen me and save me,
because I serve you, just as my mother did.
17Show me proof of your goodness, LORD;
those who hate me will be ashamed
when they see that you have given me comfort and help.