Psalms 27

A Psalm of David, before he was anointed.

1 The Lord is my light and my Savior; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defender of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2When evildoers drew near against me to eat up my flesh, my persecutors and my enemies, they fainted and fell. 3Though an army should set itself in array against me, my heart shall not be afraid; Though war should rise up against me, in this am I confident. 4One thing have I asked of the Lord, this will I earnestly seek; that I should dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, that I should behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and survey His temple. 5For in the day of my afflictions He hid me in His tabernacle; He sheltered me in the secret of His tabernacle; He set me up on a rock. 6And now, behold, He has lifted up my head over my enemies; I went round and offered in His tabernacle the sacrifice of joy; I will sing, I will sing psalms unto the Lord. 7Hear, O Lord, my voice which I have uttered aloud; pity me, and hearken to me. 8My heart said to You, I have diligently sought Your face; Your face, O Lord, I will seek. 9Turn not Your face away from me, turn not away from Your servant in anger; be my helper, forsake me not; and, O God my Savior, overlook me not. 10For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord has taken me to Himself. 11Teach me, O Lord, in Your way, and guide me in a right path, because of my enemies. 12Deliver me not over to the desire of them that afflict me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me, and injustice has lied within herself. 13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and let your heart be strengthened; yea, wait on the Lord!
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