Psalm84: Walk with Integrity

‘Walk with integrity’ (11)

In contrast to the preceding song, this psalm rings with those warm, positive poetic images that stick in the memory:

1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O God.

And later, in this short psalm:

10 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.
11 For God is a sun and shield who bestows favour and honour. No good thing does God withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Such are the delights of dwelling within the intended rule of divine love.


In modern settings:

  • PFAS 84F features verse 1 above in an easy and tuneful refrain.
  • TEP offers the same but with a little more swing.
  • A melodic tune HARINGTON, adapted from the old Scottish psalter of 1650, appears in Together in Song no 44.