O LORD of hosts, O God of grace, / How lovely is Thy holy place, / How good and pleasant is Thy dwelling! / O how my soul longs earnestly, / Yea, faints Thy holy courts to see / Mid festal throngs and music swelling. / My heart and flesh cry out to God; / To Him I spread my hands abroad.
The sparrow finds a home to rest; / The swallow deftly builds her nest / And has her young beside Thy altar. / So, LORD of hosts, my God, my King, / I seek the shelter of Thy wings; / Thou wilt not let me slip and falter. / How blest are those who dwell with Thee / And praise Thy Name unceasingly.
How blest are those whose strength Thou art, / Who on Thy ways have set their heart - / The highways to Thy habitation. / For them refreshing fountains flow / When they through Baca’s valley go, / A land of drought and desolation. / The wilderness, with showers blest, / Becomes for them a vale of rest.
From strength to strength God’s people go, / And He to them His face will show / In Zion’s courts, His holy dwelling. / O LORD, Thou God of hosts, give ear; / O Jacob’s God, in mercy hear, / Thy steadfast promises fulfilling. / O God, our king and shield behold; / To him Thy power and love unfold.
Lo, one day in Thy house of praise / Is better than a thousand days / Outside the courts of Thy salvation. / As one who fears and serves the LORD, / I would much rather stand and guard / The threshold of His habitation / Than, far from God, to dwell within / The tents of wickedness and sin.
The LORD His goodness has revealed: / He is to us a sun and shield, / For He bestows renown and favor. / And when the upright seek His face, / The LORD will not withhold His grace; / His faithfulness endures forever. / O LORD of hosts, how blest is he / Who puts his hope and trust in Thee.
William Kuipers, 1931, & William Helder, 1980