One: How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
All: My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the
LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
One: 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.
All: 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.
One: As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place
of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
All: They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be
seen in Zion.
from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible,
©1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.