Main point summary
The one who trusts the Lord is happy. His longing to be with God is the source of his happiness.
How r lovely is your s dwelling place , O Lord of hosts!
My soul t longs, yes, u faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to v the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home , and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young, at your altars,
O Lord of hosts,
w my King and my God.
x Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever y singing your praise! Selah
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
z in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 1
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
a the early rain also covers it with b pools.
They go c from strength to strength;
each one d appears before God in Zion.
O e Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
f Behold our g shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
For a day h in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be i a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is j a sun and g shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
k No good thing does he withhold from those who l walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts, m blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Is there a connection between dwelling in His house and having strength in Him?
Setting: The Israels were required to pilgrim to three feasts in Jerusalem. David could not go there, yet he had a great longing to be there.
As the birds find homes, so do I desire your altar.
"valley of weeping"
Christ. Some apply this to David, Zerubbabel, people of Israel