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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

  • GM Wright
    My grandmother gave me a Bible when I got married in 1979 and told me to read Psalms 27 daily. It has help myself and my husband through it all. It has been my go to passage in the Bible when I need strength and protection. This year we will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. To God be the glory. Thank you Lord Jesus for always being with us through the years. God Bless.
  • Evelyn de Nully
    I learned Psalm 27 since I was a child. My Grandma introduced it to me and then my Mum reinforced it. It is my go-to Psalm for protection from enemies and strengthens my soul.
    Whenever I feel overwhelmed with negativity from others, I meditate on it. It is an extremly powerful Psalms that keeps me centered on Christ and not on the challenges. God has already fought the battle
  • Tonya Robertson
    I read this verse all the time and it helps me alot
  • Ms. Moore
    My father made me and my siblings learn this scripture when we were little. I am now in my 5Os am so glad that God gave us a spiritual dad who knew we would need this scripture in life. Psalms 27 strengthens me during times of unrest and indecisiveness. It seems that my enemies are prevailing but looking back at how God has handled them in the pass, I know I will be the victor once again.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 27:11 teach me thy way O LORD and lead me in a plain path because of mine enemies-27:12-deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies for false witnesses are risen up against me--and such as breathe out cruelty--PROVERBS8:20I lead in the way of righteousness in the midst of the paths of judgement PROVERBS 12:17 HE THAT SPEAKETH TRUTH SHOWETH FORTH RIGHTEOUSNESS BUT A FALSE WITNESS DECEIT
  • Patience Oriji
    i appreciated God for Psalms 27 verse 14 that says Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. currently am going through the agony of depression,fear
  • Raven
    i think what he is saying that you should trust God an know that he is who he says he is
  • William Sturrup
    I have read Psalm 27 so many times, until it is almost stuck in my memory. Clearly, the Psalm states the goodness of God and why He is worthy of praise. I am presently going through a spiritual struggle. however, verse 14 gives me the assurance that God will give me and all those who wait on Him the victory. Please remember me in prayer.

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