How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place Lyrics
1 How lovely is Thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts to me!
The tabenacles of Thy grace
How pleasant, Lord, they be!
2 My thirsty soul longs ardently,
Yea, faints Thy courts to see;
My very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God, for Thee.
3 Behold the sparrow findeth out
A house where-in to rest;
The swallow also, for herself
Provided hath a nest.
4 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.
5 Blest are they in Thy house that dwell,
They ever give Thee praise.
Blest is the man whose strength Thou art,
In whose heart are Thy ways.
How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place Hymn Story
“How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” is a hymn whose music was arranged by Harry T Burleigh to an African American spiritual tune. The words were from the Scottish Psalter published in 1650.
The words are based on Psalm 84:1-5 which goes:
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and 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 LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
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