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Psalm 27

Triumphant Song of Confidence

Of David.

1

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

 

2

When evildoers assail me

to devour my flesh—

my adversaries and foes—

they shall stumble and fall.

 

3

Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;

though war rise up against me,

yet I will be confident.

 

4

One thing I asked of the Lord,

that will I seek after:

to live in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to behold the beauty of the Lord,

and to inquire in his temple.

 

5

For he will hide me in his shelter

in the day of trouble;

he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

he will set me high on a rock.

 

6

Now my head is lifted up

above my enemies all around me,

and I will offer in his tent

sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

 

7

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,

be gracious to me and answer me!

8

“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”

Your face, Lord, do I seek.

9

Do not hide your face from me.

 

Do not turn your servant away in anger,

you who have been my help.

Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,

O God of my salvation!

10

If my father and mother forsake me,

the Lord will take me up.

 

11

Teach me your way, O Lord,

and lead me on a level path

because of my enemies.

12

Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,

for false witnesses have risen against me,

and they are breathing out violence.

 

13

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living.

14

Wait for the Lord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord!


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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 comfort.

strength—or, "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 extremity.

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 help.

cry with my voice—denotes earnestness. Other things equal, Christians in earnest pray audibly, even in secret.

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 (Ps 31:11; 38:11), God provides (compare Mt 25:35).

11. thy way—of providence.

a plain path—(Ps 26:12).

enemies—literally, "watchers for my fall" (Ps 5:8).

12. will—literally, "soul," "desire" (Ps 35:25).

enemies—literally, "oppressors." Falsehood aids cruelty against him.

breathe out—as being filled with it (Ac 9:1).

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 expressed.

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.




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