HARINGTON (RETIREMENT) | Bible Passage
Melody by HENRY HARINGTON, 1727-1816 (altered)
1 How lovely is thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts, to me!
The tabernacles of thy grace
How pleasant, Lord, they be!
2 My thirsty soul longs veh'mently,
Yea faints, thy courts to see;
My very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God, for thee.
3 Behold, the sparrow findeth out
An house wherein to rest;
The swallow also for herself
Provided hath a nest;
Even thine own altars, where she safe
Her young ones forth may bring,
O thou almighty Lord of hosts,
Who art my God and King.
4 Blest are they in thy house that dwell,
They ever give thee praise.
5 Blest is the man whose strength thou art,
In whose heart are thy ways:
6 Who as they pass through Baca's vale
Make it a place of springs;
Also the rain that falleth down
Rich blessing to it brings.
7 So they from strength unwearied go
Still forward unto strength,
Until in Zion they appear
Before the Lord at length.
8 Lord God of hosts, my prayer hear;
O Jacob's God, give ear.
9 See, God our shield, look on the face
Of thine anointed dear.
10 For in thy courts one day excels
A thousand; rather in
My God's house will I keep a door,
Than dwell in tents of sin.
11 For God the Lord's a sun and shield:
He'll grace and glory give;
And will withhold no good from them
That uprightly do live.
12 O thou that art the Lord of hosts,
That man is truly blest,
Who with assured confidence
On thee alone doth rest.
1 ¬∂ How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
8 ¬∂ O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.