Psalm 27 Song of Confidence
1 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?
2 When evildoers assail me,
uttering slanders against me,
my adversaries and foes,
they shall stumble and fall.
3 Though a host encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in His temple.
5 For He will hide me in His shelter
in the day of trouble;
He will conceal me under the cover of His tent,
He will set me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies round about me;
and I will offer in His tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 Thou hast said, “Seek ye My face.”
My heart says to Thee,
“Thy face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not Thy face from me.
Turn not Thy servant away in anger,
Thou who hast been my help.
Cast me not off, forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me up.
11 Teach me Thy way, O Lord;
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
yea, wait for the Lord!
– Psalm 27
Commentary based on St. Thomas Aquinas
Psalm 27 is divided into three parts. In the first part, David sets down the trust received from God. In the second, he shows the desire received from this trust, at, One thing have I asked. Thirdly he sets down the fulfillment of this desire, at, Hear O Lord.
In setting down the trust received from God, he first commemorates the good things given to him by God on account of which he does not fear but is made secure. Secondly, he commemorates the obstacles put forward by God, at, When evildoers assail me. Thirdly, he shows the confidence which he has from God, at, Though a host encamp.
In showing the desire received from this trust, David first describes the quality of the desire, secondly the desired thing itself, at, That I may dwell, and thirdly the intention of the end, at, to behold the beauty of the Lord.
In setting down the fulfillment of this desire, David first petitions to be heard. Secondly, he sets forth the petition, at, My heart says to Thee. Thirdly, he shows the confidence which he has of being heard, at, I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord.