Psalm 27 of David the Shepherd King

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?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me 

to eat up my flesh, 

they stumbled and fell.

Though an host 

should encamp against me, 

my heart shall not fear: 

though war 

should rise against me, 

in this will I be confident.

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.

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.

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.

Hear, O Lord, 

when I cry with my voice: 

have mercy also upon me, 

and answer me.

When thou saidst, 

Seek ye my face; 

my heart said unto thee, 

Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

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.

When my father and my mother 

forsake me, 

then the Lord will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O Lord, 

and lead me in a plain path, 

because of mine enemies.

Deliver me not over 

unto the will of mine enemies: 

for false witnesses 

are risen up against me, 

and such as breathe out cruelty.

I had fainted, 

unless I had believed 

to see the goodness of the Lord 

in the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord: 

be of good courage, 

and he shall strengthen 

thine heart: 

wait, I say, on the Lord.

Please share your reflections on this psalm with me.  Thanks! — Bob Wilhelm

© Robert Bela Wilhelm 2018