I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking [Him] in His temple.
For He will conceal me in His shelter in the day of adversity; He will hide me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high on a rock.
Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the LORD.
I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts.
[For the choir director: on the Gittith. A psalm of the sons of Korah.] How lovely is Your dwelling place, LORD of Hosts.
I long and yearn for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.
Better a day in Your courts than a thousand [anywhere else]. I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of the wicked.
[A Davidic song of ascents.] I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."
Our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem--
Jerusalem, built as a city [should be], solidly joined together,
where the tribes, the tribes of the LORD, go up to give thanks to the name of the LORD. (This is an ordinance for Israel.)
Then the king instructed Zadok, "Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the LORD's eyes, He will bring me back and allow me to see both it and its dwelling place.
Moreover, because of my delight in the house of my God, I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the house of my God over and above all that I've provided for the holy house:
The LORD will save me; we will play stringed instruments all the days of our lives at the house of the LORD.
And Hezekiah had asked, "What is the sign that I will go up to the LORD's temple?"
After three days, they found Him in the temple complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
"Why were you searching for Me?" He asked them. "Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"
He went into the temple complex and began to throw out those who were selling,
and He said, "It is written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves!"
Every day He was teaching in the temple complex. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were looking for a way to destroy Him,
In the temple complex He found people selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and [He also found] the money changers sitting there.
After making a whip out of cords, He drove everyone out of the temple complex with their sheep and oxen. He also poured out the money changers' coins and overturned the tables.
He told those who were selling doves, "Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father's house into a marketplace!"
And His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for Your house will consume Me.
So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory.
My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life.
Set the mercy seat on top of the ark and put the testimony that I will give you into the ark.
I will meet with you there above the mercy seat, between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the testimony; I will speak with you from there about all that I command you regarding the Israelites.
The cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Moses was unable to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud rested on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
And because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory of the LORD filled God's temple.
Then Solomon said: The LORD said He would dwell in thick darkness,
but I have built an exalted temple for You, a place for Your residence forever.