Psalm 84

Words: Isaac Watts

Note: There are also Long Metre and Hallelujah Metre versions on this page.

Common Metre Tunes

v. 1--4~ 10, paraphrased.
Delight in ordinances of worship; 
or, God present in his churches.
   1  My soul, how lovely is the place
         To which thy God resorts!
      'Tis heav'n to see his smiling face,
         Though in his earthly courts.
   2  There the great Monarch of the skies
         His saving power displays,
      And light breaks in upon our eyes
         With kind and quick'ning rays.
   3  With his rich gifts the heav'nly Dove
         Descends and fills the place,
      While Christ reveals his wondrous love,
         And sheds abroad his grace.
   4  There, mighty God, thy words declare
         The secrets of thy will;
      And still we seek thy mercy there,
         And sing thy praises still.
   5  My heart and flesh cry out for thee,
         While far from thine abode;
      When shall I tread thy courts, and see
         My Savior and my God?
   6  The sparrow builds herself a nest,
         And suffers no remove;
      O make me, like the sparrows, blessed,
         To dwell but where I love.
   7  To sit one day beneath thine eye,
         And hear thy gracious voice,
      Exceeds a whole eternity
         Employed in carnal joys.
   8  Lord, at thy threshold I would wait
         While Jesus is within,
      Rather than fill a throne of state,
         Or live in tents of sin.
   9  Could I command the spacious land,
         And the more boundless sea,
      For one blessed hour at thy right hand
         I'd give them both away.
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Long Metre Tunes
The pleasure of public worship.
   1  How pleasant, how divinely fair,
      O Lord of hosts, thy dwellings are!
      With long desire my spirit faints
      To meet th'assembly of thy saints.
   2  My flesh would rest in thine abode,
      My panting heart cries out for God;
      My God! my King! why should I be
      So far from all my joys and thee?
   3  The sparrow chooses where to rest,
      And for her young provides her nest;
      But will my God to sparrows grant
      That pleasure which his children want ?
   4  Blessed are the saints who sit on high
      Around thy throne of majesty;
      Thy brightest glories shine above,
      And all their work is praise and love.
   5  Blessed are the souls who find a place
      Within the temple of thy grace;
      There they behold thy gentler rays,
      And seek thy face, and learn thy praise.
   6  Blessed are the men whose hearts are set
      To find the way to Zion's gate;
      God is their strength, and through the road
      They lean upon their helper God.
   7  Cheerful they walk with growing strength,
      Till all shall meet in heav'n at length,
      Till all before thy face appear,
      And join in nobler worship there.
   PART 2.
   God and his church; or, Grace and glory.
   1  Great God, attend, while Zion sings
      The joy that from thy presence springs:
      To spend one day with thee on earth
      Exceeds a thousand days of mirth.
   2  Might I enjoy the meanest place
      Within thy house, O God of grace,
      Not tents of ease, nor thrones of power,
      Should tempt my feet to leave thy door.
   3  God is our sun, he makes our day;
      God is our shield, he guards our way
      From all th' assaults of hell and sin,
      From foes without and foes within.
   4  All needful grace will God bestow,
      And crown that grace with glory too !
      He gives us all things, and withholds
      No real good from upright souls.
   5  O God, our King, whose sov'reign sway
      The glorious hosts of heav'n obey,
      And devils at thy presence flee,
      Blessed is the man that trusts in thee.
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Hallelujah Metre Tunes
As the 148th Psalm.
Longing for the house of God.
   1  Lord of the worlds above,
      How pleasant and how fair
      The dwellings of thy love,
      Thy earthly temples are!
         To thine abode
         My heart aspires,
         With warm desires
         To see my God.
   2  The sparrow for her young
      With pleasure seeks a nest,
      And wand'ring swallows long
      To find their wonted rest:
         My spirit faints
         With equal zeal
         To rise and dwell
         Among thy saints.
   3  O happy souls that pray
      Where God appoints to hear!
      O happy men that pay
      Their constant service there !
         They praise thee still;
         And happy they
         That love the way
         To Zion's hill.
   4  They go from strength to strength,
      Through this dark vale of tears,
      Till each arrives at length,
      Till each in heav'n appears:
         O glorious seat,
         When God our King
         Shall thither bring
         Our willing feet!
   5  To spend one sacred day
      Where God and saints abide,
      Affords diviner joy
      Than thousand days beside:
         Where God resorts,
         I love it more
         To keep the door
         Than shine in courts.
   6  God is our sun and shield,
      Our light and our defense;
      With gifts his hands are filled,
      We draw our blessings thence:
         He shall bestow
         On Jacob's race
         Peculiar grace
         And glory too.
   7  The Lord his people loves;
      His hand no good withholds
      From those his heart approves,
      From pure and pious souls:
         Thrice happy he,
         O God of hosts,
         Whose spirit trusts
         Alone in thee.
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