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Psalm 27


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 evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, [a] when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.


3                    Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.


4                    One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: 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 seek Him in His temple.


5                    For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.


6                    Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.


7                    Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.


8                    My heart says of you, “Seek His [b] face!”  Your face, LORD, I will seek.


9                    Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper.  Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior.


10               Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.


11               Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.


12               Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.


13               I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.


14               Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

[a]2 Or to slander me

[b]8 Or To you, O my heart, He has said, “Seek my