Psalm 27: The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation

This is another psalm with a simple not “of David”. It’s interesting that this is three in a row that don’t even have “Psalm” at the start of it. Not that it’s a big deal, but the inconsistency with which these notes were added trouble me in a literary way.  It’s not a big deal or anything, it just hits me in that same grammar place that capitalizing the wrong letters does.


Psalm 27

1The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strongholda of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

2When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

3Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yetb I will be confident.

4One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquirec in his temple.

5For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.

6And now my head shall be 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.

7Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8You have said, “Seekd my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.”e
9Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the LORD will take me in.

11Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.

13I believe that I shall lookf upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
14Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

I like this one. It’s not one that I would use or reference in my own prayers, but I like the sentiment. The writer has a certain amount of faith in that God will help him but not quite a certainty that God will bail him out of every woe. He already has a good relationship with God but wants it to improve, is willing to work to make it improve.

Well, if the writer is David. Otherwise, he may just be assuming that David felt this way, since it’s just “Of David”. Or it could be that David’s music is used and the lyrics really pertain to some other writer’s life. It’s this sort of uncertainty in this book that is already driving me crazy and we still have 122 left.

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