A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.

A Psalm of David.

27 The Lord is my (A)light and my (B)salvation;
Whom should I fear?
The Lord is the [a](C)defense of my life;
(D)Whom should I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to (E)devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they (F)stumbled and fell.
If an (G)army encamps against me,
My heart will not fear;
If war arises against me,
In spite of this I am (H)confident.

(I)One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may (J)dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold (K)the [b]beauty of the Lord
And to [c](L)meditate in His temple.
For on the (M)day of trouble He will (N)conceal me in His [d]tabernacle;
He will (O)hide me in the secret place of His tent;
He will (P)lift me up on a rock.
And now (Q)my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer (R)sacrifices in His tent [e]with shouts of joy;
I will (S)sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

(T)Hear, Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and (U)answer me.
When You said, “(V)Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
(W)I shall seek Your face, Lord.”
(X)Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in (Y)anger;
You have been (Z)my help;
(AA)Do not abandon me nor (AB)forsake me,
God of my salvation!
10 [f]For my father and (AC)my mother have forsaken me,
But (AD)the Lord will take me up.

11 (AE)Teach me Your way, Lord,
And lead me on a (AF)level path
Because of my enemies.
12 Do not turn me over to the [g](AG)desire of my enemies,
For (AH)false witnesses have risen against me,
And the violent (AI)witness.
13 I certainly believed that I would see the (AJ)goodness of the Lord
In the (AK)land of the living.
14 (AL)Wait for the Lord;
Be (AM)strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer.

A Psalm of David.

28 To You, Lord, I call;
My (AN)rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You (AO)are silent to me,
I will become like those who (AP)go down to the pit.
Hear the (AQ)sound of my pleadings when I cry to You for help,
When I (AR)raise my hands (AS)toward [h]Your holy (AT)sanctuary.
(AU)Do not drag me away with the wicked
And with those who practice injustice,
Who (AV)speak peace with their neighbors,
While evil is in their hearts.
Give back to them (AW)according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
Give back to them according to the work of their hands;
Repay them what is due them.
Because they (AX)do not regard the works of the Lord
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.

Blessed be the Lord,
Because He (AY)has heard the sound of my pleading.
The Lord is my (AZ)strength and my (BA)shield;
My heart (BB)trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore (BC)my heart triumphs,
And with (BD)my song I shall thank Him.
The Lord is [i]their (BE)strength,
And He is a refuge of (BF)salvation to His anointed.
(BG)Save Your people and bless (BH)Your inheritance;
Be their (BI)shepherd also, and (BJ)carry them forever.


  1. Psalm 27:1 Or refuge
  2. Psalm 27:4 Lit delightfulness
  3. Psalm 27:4 Lit inquire
  4. Psalm 27:5 Or shelter
  5. Psalm 27:6 Lit of shouts
  6. Psalm 27:10 Or If my father...forsake me, Then the Lord
  7. Psalm 27:12 Lit soul
  8. Psalm 28:2 Lit the innermost place of Your sanctuary
  9. Psalm 28:8 A few mss and ancient versions the strength of His people

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