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1 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalms Chapter 27: Confidence in God
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Psalms Chapter 27 Bible commentary...

The psalmist's faith. (1-6) His desire toward God, and expectation from him. (7-14)

1-6 The Lord, who is the believer's light, is the strength of his life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. In God let us strengthen ourselves. The gracious presence of God, his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, the witness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are the secret of his tabernacle, and in these the saints find cause for that holy security and peace of mind in which they dwell at ease. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God in holy ordinances. All God's children desire to dwell in their Father's house. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to tarry but for a night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant that abides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all the days of their life, as children with a father. Do we hope that the praising of God will be the blessedness of our eternity? Surely then we ought to make it the business of our time. This he had at heart more than any thing. Whatever the Christian is as to this life, he considers the favour and service of God as the one thing needful. This he desires, prays for and seeks after, and in it he rejoices.

7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, "Seek ye my face;" but we must apply it to ourselves, "I will seek it." The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.


Recent Comments for Psalms Chapter 27...


Ar's Psalms Chapter 27 comment on 3/27/2015, 4:08pm...

To Christi Smiths remark. This is an encouraging and a most popular psalm. The reason why I chose to add some of my thoughts to yours, is where you say you don 't have enough love for others and you feel selfish. I believe we all do that, but the fact that you realize and bring it in front of the Lord means you are asking for healing in that area. Recently, I have given a lot of thought about the word LOVE, like we say God is Love, but I realized that love comes when you humble yourself. Our Lord Jesus taught us that, when He washed the feet of His disciples before the last supper, and told Peter that if he wont let Him wash his feet, he has no part with Him. So, I believe that most important thing is to be humble, and love for others will follow that.thank you for letting me share my thoughts.


Bill's Psalms Chapter 27 comment about verse 14 on 3/27/2015, 11:11am...

27:14, This verse speaks volumes. To notice that it emphatically mentions to wait on the Lord twice, at the beginning and the end of the verse. There are good things who wait on the Lord, and in the Lord. Be of courage, we can only maintain courage by being obedient to God 's precepts and laws. To have that intimate relationship with the Lord, He will provide the courage, as He will strengthen our heart as we continue to wait on Him. There will come a time that remaining true in God, and standing firm in courage, we will be united in God 's Kingdom.


MockingBird's Psalms Chapter 27 comment about verse 14 on 3/27/2015, 9:41am...

Waiting on the Lord is as a waiter waits on us in a restaurant : They waiting for our order God has already given His order to us : all we have to do is carry out those orders and bring them back to Him in the specific order that He gave to us. He will be pleased at what He ordered that it was specifically taken in as He ordered . Wait : In your waiting : He is strengthening your heart. His word is coming to pass when we put it out there. It will not return unto Him void !!! Praise God !!! It will accomplish that which He pleases.


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