Psalms 27

Psalm 271

By David.

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!

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