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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

  • Adin
    Beautiful Psalm, gives comfort, peace, strength, joy and hope.
  • Donalda Curry
    This is my favourite of all the psalms and I have found it a great blessing over the years, such hope in times of stress.
  • I, even I, am that Michael Isaac Dale:
    The fear of the LORD is wisdom: she cleanses the heart and mind of all unrighteousness. Man would have it that ye fear them: but what can man do when the LORD says, Nay? Wisdom of heart makes ready the mind for all spiritual gifts. She brings forth repentance and gives place to hope, peace and joy. It is written, Let just men eat and drink with thee and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord.
  • Donna Osuji-Brown
    It's my favorite Bible verse. It is beautiful, and gives me the strength to endure life's terrors on a daily basis.
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Know this therefore, any who tell ye, Ye ought to give me money, for I teach ye the word of God! or, Many years, do I stand praying in the synagogue, every Sabbath! or, I pay my money and am taught of God! (These are deceivers being deceived.) (7) For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the King. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    For the Christ child, even the resurrected Son of God, pray daily to my Holy Father; saying, GIVE us this day and day by day, our daily bread. (The Holy Father gives, never sells.) (6) And there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth: For it was neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, that restored them to health: but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all things.
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Sin is heavy burden. The Lord's yoke is easy and burden light. (5) And the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth. For he created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the world were healthful;
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Repent of thy sins and the wicked shall not touch thee. (4) He is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling. He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces;
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Serve the LORD, not money. (3) Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou abomination vehemently. For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him,
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    (Pride sickens thine heart and is subject to deceit, bringing desolation: for the Holy Spirit flees deceit. Yet, I tell ye here at the end, serve ye the LORD and he shall strengthen thine heart.) (2) And he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the Gospel, and healing every where.


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Bible Trivia

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