Psalms 27

Of David.

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?
When the wicked advance against me
to devour
Or slander
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the  Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the  Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the  Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the  Lord.
Hear my voice when I call,  Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’
Your face,  Lord, I will seek.
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,
God my Saviour.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the  Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way,  Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not hand me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain 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.
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