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Psalm 27

Triumphant Song of Confidence

Of David.


The L ord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The L ord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?



When evildoers assail me

to devour my flesh—

my adversaries and foes—

they shall stumble and fall.



Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;

though war rise up against me,

yet I will be confident.



One thing I asked of the L ord,

that will I seek after:

to live in the house of the L ord

all the days of my life,

to behold the beauty of the L ord,

and to inquire in his temple.



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.



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 L ord.



Hear, O L ord, when I cry aloud,

be gracious to me and answer me!


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

Your face, L ord, do I seek.


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!


If my father and mother forsake me,

the L ord will take me up.



Teach me your way, O L ord,

and lead me on a level path

because of my enemies.


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

for false witnesses have risen against me,

and they are breathing out violence.



I believe that I shall see the goodness of the L ord

in the land of the living.


Wait for the L ord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the L ord!

11. Teach me thy way, O Jehovah! Many think that David here requests that God would guide him by his Spirit, lest he should surpass his enemies in acting violently and wickedly. This doctrine is, no doubt, very useful, but it does not seem to agree with the scope of the passage. It is a simpler interpretation, in my opinion, to consider that David desires, in order to escape the snares and violence of his enemies, that God would extend to him his hand, and safely conduct him, so as to give a happy issue to his affairs. He sets the right path in opposition to the difficulties and impediments which are in places which are rough, and of difficult access, to overcome which he was unequal, unless God undertook the office of a guide to lead him. But he who thus desires to commit himself to the safeguard and protection of God, 588588     “En la sauvegarde et protection de Dieu.” — Fr. must first renounce crafty and wicked devices. We must not expect that God, who promises to grant a happy issue only to the single in heart, and those who trust in his faithfulness, will bless crooked and wicked counsels.

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