27:1 The Lord delivers and vindicates me!2
I fear no one!3
The Lord protects my life!
I am afraid of no one!4
27:2 When evil men attack me5
to devour my flesh,6
when my adversaries and enemies attack me,7
they stumble and fall.8
27:3 Even when an army is deployed against me,
I do not fear.9
Even when war is imminent,10
I remain confident.11
27:4 I have asked the Lord for one thing –
this is what I desire!
I want to live12 in the Lord’s house13 all the days of my life,
so I can gaze at the splendor14 of the Lord
and contemplate in his temple.
27:5 He will surely15 give me shelter16 in the day of danger;17
he will hide me in his home;18
he will place me19 on an inaccessible rocky summit.20
27:6 Now I will triumph
over my enemies who surround me!21
I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy!22
I will sing praises to the Lord!
27:7 Hear me,23 O Lord, when I cry out!
Have mercy on me and answer me!
27:8 My heart tells me to pray to you,24
and I do pray to you, O Lord.25
27:9 Do not reject me!26
Do not push your servant away in anger!
You are my deliverer!27
Do not forsake or abandon me,
O God who vindicates me!
27:10 Even if my father and mother abandoned me,28
the Lord would take me in.29
27:11 Teach me how you want me to live;30
lead me along a level path31 because of those who wait to ambush me!32
27:12 Do not turn me over to my enemies,33
for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me.34
27:13 Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience
the Lord’s favor in the land of the living?35
27:14 Rely36 on the Lord!
Be strong and confident!37
Rely on the Lord!