Ps 27:1-14. With a general strain of confidence,
hope, and joy, especially in God's worship, in the midst of dangers,
the Psalmist introduces prayer for divine help and guidance.
1. light—is a common figure for
"stronghold"—affording security against all violence. The
interrogations give greater vividness to the negation implied.
2. eat … my flesh—(Job 19:22; Ps
14:4). The allusion to wild
beasts illustrates their rapacity.
they stumbled—"they" is emphatic; not
I, but they were destroyed.
3. In the greatest dangers.
in this—that is, then, in such
4, 5. The secret of his confidence is his
delight in communion with God (Ps 16:11; 23:6), beholding the harmony of His
perfections, and seeking His favor in His temple or palace; a term
applicable to the tabernacle (compare Ps 5:7). There he is safe (Ps 31:21;
61:5). The figure is changed
in the last clause, but the sentiment is the same.
6. head be lifted up—I shall be placed
beyond the reach of my enemies. Hence he avows his purpose of rendering
joyful thank offerings.
7. Still pressing need extorts prayer for
cry with my voice—denotes earnestness.
Other things equal, Christians in earnest pray audibly, even in
8. The meaning is clear, though the
construction in a literal translation is obscure. The English
Version supplies the implied clause. To seek God's face is
to seek His favor (Ps 105:4).
9. Hide not, &c.—(Ps 4:6; 22:24). Against rejection he pleads
former mercy and love.
10. In the extremity of earthly destitution
31:11; 38:11), God provides
11. thy way—of providence.
a plain path—(Ps 26:12).
enemies—literally, "watchers for my
12. will—literally, "soul," "desire"
Falsehood aids cruelty against him.
breathe out—as being filled with it
13. The strong emotion is indicated by the
incomplete sentence, for which the English Version supplies a
proper clause; or, omitting that, and rendering, "yet I
believed," &c., the contrast of his faith and his danger is
to see—is to experience (Ps 22:17).
14. Wait, &c.—in confident
expectation. The last clause is, literally, "and wait," &c., as if
expecting new measures of help.