Psalm 27 Meaning - Verse by Verse Explanation from Bible

Discover Psalm 27 Commentary in detail, with their Bible study as well as their meaning in the Catholic Bible among others.

Psalm 27-1

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Who will I fear?
Jehovah is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27-2

When the evildoers,
my oppressors, and my enemies pounced on me
to devour my flesh,
they stumbled and fell.

Psalm 27-3

Though an army encamped against me,
my heart will not fear;
Even if war is raised against me,
I will be confident.

Psalm 27-4

I have asked one thing from the Lord;
This I will seek:
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 meditate in his temple.

Psalm 27-5

For He will hide me in his hiding place in the day of evil;
He will hide me in the secrets of his tabernacle;
will lift me up on a rock.

Psalm 27-6

Then he will lift up my head
over my enemies around me,
and I will offer sacrifices in his tabernacle
with shouts of joy;
I will sing and sing praises to Jehovah.

Psalm 27-7

Hear, O Lord, my voice with which I cry out to you;
have mercy on me and answer me.

Psalm 27-8

You have said: Seek my face.
My heart has said: I will seek your face, O Lord.

Psalm 27-9

Do not hide Your face from me;
do not turn away your servant in anger.
You have been my help;
do not leave me or forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Psalm 27-10

Even if my father and mother abandon me,
still, Jehovah will gather me.

Psalm 27-11

Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me in the path of righteousness
because of my enemies.

Psalm 27-12

Do not hand me over to the will of my enemies,
for false witnesses
and those who breathe cruelty have risen up against me.

Psalm 27-13

I would have fainted if I did not believe that I am to see the goodness of Jehovah
in the land of the living.

Psalm 27-14

Hope in the Lord;
be strong, and He will warm your heart.
Yes, wait on Jehovah.

Psalm 27 Meaning

The meaning of Psalm 27 is very interesting, it explains how to live a fuller life, it gives us advice on how God supplies our needs. May God become an essential part of our lives and we find in his word and faith a reason to have a fuller life.

Psalm 27 was written by David, the most famous king of Israel. But David faced many dangers before he became a king. He suffered several assassination attempts, lived as an outlaw, pursued armies and fought many battles. His life was in constant threat, but David felt safe.

David trusted God. He knew that God was with him and protected him at all times. That’s why he wrote Psalm 27.

Psalm 27 verse 1-3 Commentary: The reason for our confidence

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Who will I fear?
The Lord is the bulwark of my life;
Who can intimidate me?
When the wicked advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and adversaries attack me, it
is they who stumble and fall.
Even when an army besieges me,
my heart will not fear;
Even when a war breaks out against me,
I will maintain trust.
(Psalm 27: 1-3)

David faced very great dangers that would be difficult for anyone else to overcome. However, he knew that God is much greater than any threat. In the first verses of this Psalm we see the total confidence that David had in God, fruit of the experiences of his life. He had experienced the saving power of God, his help and care at times of great risk. David had lived great moments with God, so his confidence in Him was absolute. He knew that God would help him in the midst of any situation.

Sometimes we can feel that the problems we face are impossible to solve. Everything seems to be against us. But we have God, his presence, his help, and we should not be afraid. Nothing is impossible for God. When God is with us we can face armies with confidence.

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Psalm 27 verse 4-6 Commentary: In God we have a safe place

I ask only one thing from the Lord,
and that is the only thing I pursue:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to contemplate the beauty of the Lord
and to recharge myself in His temple.
Because in the day of affliction
He will protect me,
and He will set me up on a rock.
It will make me prevail
against the enemies that surround me;
I will offer sacrifices of praise in His temple
and sing psalms to the Lord.
(Psalm 27:4-6)

When the hour of hardship came David took refuge in the presence of God. The temple represented their presence where everyone could approach and receive blessings. It was there that David found victory.

Being before God gives peace and relief in the hardest moments of life. There is nothing else that can give us such profound peace. When it costs us to face the world and its challenges we can run to God and find the strength we need to overcome all the problems.

Psalm 27 verse 7-12 Commentary: God hears our cry

Hear, Lord, my voice when I cry to you;
have pity on me and answer me.
The heart says to me: «Seek his face!»
And I, Lord, your face I seek.
Do not hide from me;
do not reject, in your anger, this servant of yours,
because you have been my help.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will receive me in His arms.
Guide me, Lord, in your way;
direct me on the path of righteousness,
for the sake of those who lie in wait for me.
Do not give me up at the whim of my adversaries,
for when false witnesses who breathe violence
rise up against me.
(Psalm 27: 7-12)

Up to here it seemed that David only experienced times of victory and joy. Now we see that he also had struggles but knew the secret to regain confidence in God: prayer. David cried out to God when he felt insecure or afraid. He knew he could not do anything on his own. He needed God, to feel his presence, to see his face. No one else could save him. We all feel insecure at times. When this happens we need to cry out to God for help, go before Him in prayer. God always listens to those who place their trust in Him. He does not abandon us in our hour of need.

Psalm 27 verse 13-14 Commentary: God, our certainty and encouragement

But one thing I am sure of:
I must see the goodness of the Lord
in this land of the living.
Put your hope in the Lord;
have courage, take courage;
Put your hope in the Lord!
(Psalm 27: 13-14)

David had a certainty. No matter how many difficulties came into his life he knew he would see again the goodness of God in his life. In the midst of difficult circumstances he knew that God would bring good things to his life. That is why the Psalm ends by encouraging its hearers (each one of us) to put their hope in God. He ends up giving a word of encouragement, saying that we can always trust God because He never fails.

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    There is no other God or below the sky more than the power

    Paula Mcmullen

    Thank you Lord.. Amen ??

    John Paul

    Praise Praise the Lord, for he is worthy to be Praise ? ???


    I needed this, thank you ??

    Anthony Rumunna

    Amen.Thank you Jesus for your love and great faithfulness. ??????

    Lynn Perry

    Very powerful!! Very beautiful!!! I pray everyday for the world to be better. God bless u!!! for posting this I hope a lot of people read this!! I love god and jesus!! He is my lord saviour !!! Please lord god let us show , love, human kindness to one another and not rely on our own judgment!! Love rises above all!!!♥️????

    Delfin Solis Tenorio

    An infinite thanks to the LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST. Amen?


    Thank you Lord for coming into my heart & for my salvation with my wife & kiddos to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ to the only way to eternal life.Amen

    Jerry Nunag

    Don't wasting your time for waiting of that moment. We are judged for whatever we do good things and bad .God suggest do good to other event your enemies. Don't believe ones save always save its un biblical teaching of polse prophets.

    Lody Lapatha

    Let us all wake up & be ready for we don’t know when our time will be. So be prepared at all times.

    Reynaldo Cuanan Dizon

    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be save. Acts 4:12 KJV

    Bernadette Gandingco Bronzal

    Thank Lord Jesus for your Living Word, That if we confess with our mouth JESUS IS LORD and believed in my heart that GOD raised Him from the death, we will be SAVED.

    Daw May Maung Maung

    I don't know about tomorrow but. I know who holds my hands. The One who holds my hand is the. One who own my life. I put my life in. His hand.

    Reynaldo Cuanan Dizon

    For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1Timothy 2:3-6 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be save...

    Jovel Sab-it

    Everything you said right,but it should be faith with action,in james: faith w/o work is nothing,not every man calling to Jesus is be saved.see it in book of Mathew.

    Menze Tito

    AMEN It is true that when we CONFESS with our own mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our HEART that God raised Him from death we will be saved. We were also saved not of our work but by the Grace of God.


    This is a true example of what will happen if your child of God if you are not you shall not meet him in the sky you will not spend eternity in heaven

    Consuelo Sonza Castro

    Just prepare from what happen when time is coming and always pray for our sin .

    Joel Magbanua

    Thank you Lord Jesus for saving our lives,we believe in you that you are our Lord you paid our sins,thank you Lord Jesus, in Jesus name we prays amen,

    Ekongot Israel

    Thank you very much for the wonderful message because you taught and preached to my soul, I am truly blessed and lifted.

    Leonida Dee Roque

    Thank you GOD, for saving us by grace through faith in our LORD JESUS CHRIST, not of good works so that no man can boast!

    Flyncia Bangsi

    I am not worthy in thy sight Lord because I am a sinner but as you have promised if we will accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord,we will be saved.Thankyou for saving me.

    Rowena Sablay Tiongco

    This is how you will be "saved" there is a condition in Salvation!

    Brenda Sinclair

    Praise the Lord Precious Jesus ??? I'm waiting, praying and watching for you my precious Lord Jesus and Heavenly Father, Abba Father, and Holy Ghost who is with me until the very end, Amen in Jesus Christ Name, Amen Amen and Amen!

    Bing Fabila

    Amen!? ? ? ✌ ✌ ✌

    Ronilo Velasco

    Nothing to lose because He own's everything on me.

    Holly Mann


    Suzanne Erb

    I am happy to have Jesus Christ as my best friend. He's worth more than anything in my life.

    AJ Dwmwilu Bty

    Yes My Lord is protecting me....And he will keep me save forever and ever....Amen in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.... My Lord Bless Me....Ur My father.....i have faith in u...Because My Lord UR the king of Kings...Amen....???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Judy Flanagan Larkin

    Thank you Jesus for Protecting my children, grandchildren and me

    Rapheal Tersoo Ageva

    Thank you Jesus for your protection over my life and my family.

    Michelle Cooper

    Thank you God for protecting me. I see you working on everything in my life.

    Ijeoma Victoria Odoemelem

    Thank You Father for keeping your angels charge over me and protecting me in the name of Jesus Christ Aamen Hallelujah Thank You Jesus.

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