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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.

Commentary for Psalms 27

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.

Discussion for Psalms 27

  • Chris jones
    This is so powerful when I read this is helps me realize that God is here and he is the only I should put hope in and that he can carry my burdens for me as long as I do his stay prayed up And read
  • Ann
    A, Just believe and have faith in the LORD, He will be there for you, Hebrews 13:5 says, I
    will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Amen
  • A
    Thank you Lord for hearing my cry and answering my prayers. I am sorry I let you down by not having faith. I tried but was too overwhelmed. Hopefully you will teach me how to do things differently.
  • A disciple
    "Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me." Psalms 27:7 Walking with God in this present evil world we will have enemies and foes, wicked seeking to eat us up like bread. Jesus has said it, that in this world we have tribulation. All the holy Elect Saints from ancient times died waiting on the Promise and not yet seeing it fulfilled. Singing praises when it is a sacrifice will often be the way we are called to go. We who believe in the Lord Jesus and love Him with all our heart, call upon Him constantly for mercy. That is our appointed way in this world and that is the way He has said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." Psalms show the inner life of Christ, and all who are His.
  • Mark R
    I just like how the psalmist desires a complete relationship with the Father. We can see the brilliance of God's Grace just being a encouragement for the psalmist's suffering of persecution. Victory can be clearly seen in the heart of the psalmist as he speaks about the strength he has attained in the Lord. Oh my friends it's just wonderful having such a great Savior in Christ!
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    Our God is greater than our circumstances,and has a place for us,where our desire is to seek him,so we may dwell,behold and inquire.While not without troubles in this world,we are fastened to the rock(Lord Jesus),never to be forsaken.We love him, because he first loved us.1John4:19 That's grace.Only believers have true life,and we hear/see God working in them,an example to us to strengthen us here
  • Kizzy
    I am so thankful for this chapter in Psalm. I memorized it last year and have been able to use it to have courage as God has led my husband to become the Pastor of a small struggling church. It is also helping me through an illness my daughter has as well as a tumor that I have that is spiking my blood pressure up in sleep. Many things in this life are uncertain but the strength of God will endure
  • Melissa
    Thank you Felicia. What you said was for me. God bless you!

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In Psalm 27, God will help David even when he is forsaken by whom?
  • His Son
  • His Friend
  • His Dog
  • His Mother
  • His Wife