1 How amiable, LORD of hosts,
Thy tabernacles are!
[Wherein the glories of thy face,
with wondrous pow'r appear!]
2 My soul, within me longs, yea faints,
JEHOVAH's courts to see;
My heart and flesh cry out aloud,
O living God for Thee!
3 The sparrow finds her self an house;
the swallow builds her nest,
Where she may lay and feed her young,
and she and they may rest;
Ev'n near thy holy altars, where
they make their safe abode:
And why not I - O LORD of hosts,
my king, my only God!
4 But O how blessed then are they,
who all their happy days
Dwell in thy house, and see Thee there!
they will Thee ever praise.
5 Yea, O how greatly bless'd are they,
whose strength and stay Thou art;
Who to thy house do trace the way,
with pleasure in their heart!
6 Who passing Baca's thirsty vale,
they Thee their fountain make;
And from the pools fill'd with thy rain,
with cheerfulness they take.
7 So they go on from strength to strength,
and joyfully draw near,
Till they before the God of GODS,
In Zion all appear.
8 O Thou JEHOVAH, GOD of hosts,
my humble pray'r now hear!
Who of thy Jacob art the God,
O give a bending ear!
9 O GOD, who art our only shield,
look graciously on me,
And with thy happy smiles the face
of thy MESSIAH see.
10 For in thy courts one single day,
'tis better to attend,
Than 'tis in any other place
a thousand days to spend.
In my God's house I rather would,
ev'n at the threshold sit,
Than dwell in grand pavillions with
the wicked and the great.
11 Because the LORD GOD is a sun,
He is a shield also:
JEHOVAH on his people grace,
and glory will bestow.
From them who walk in uprightness,
no good with-hold will He.
12 O LORD of hosts, the man is blest
That puts his trust in Thee.