How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to 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, my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.
For 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.
O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in tents of wickedness.” This is a beautiful image that the Psalmist shares. The Psalmist desires to be with God above all else. Think about your own desires. Do you desire God or something else? What gets in the way of your relationship with God?
Holy Wisdom, God of abundant life, you call us to the banquet of your love. We find you in the gifts you give; we know you in the ones with whom we share this holy food, and in the bread of this table, your son, Jesus Christ. Grant that we may be bread for others, as he is bread for us. Amen.