I love Your dwelling place, Lord God
I hunger to worship You,
I thirst to gather with Your people & commune with You.
Like a sparrow in its nest, or a swallow sheltering in a chimney,
I am utterly at home in Your presence,
O LORD Almighty, my King & my God.
I love Your house;
I love Your people.
I love being around those whose strength is in You,
Yes, those who enter Your house intent on worship.
Thank You for those who worship You wherever You show up,
in a tiny chapel or a majestic cathedral,
in a desert or a rainforest.
You lead such true worshipers from strength to strength,
You show Yourself to them without fail.
Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty;
listen to me, O God
Look upon us, Lord God;
look with favor on Your people
Better is one day in Your courts
than a thousand anywhere else;
I would rather sweep Your floors, O Lord,
than be exalted in the palaces of the wicked.
For you, LORD God, are a sun & shield;
You bestow favor & honor;
You withhold no good thing
from those who walk with You.
O LORD Almighty,
I am thrilled & honored to trust in You & I call You mine.
Psalms 84 paraphrased