Psalm 27 Explained in Detail

Updated on June 14, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

It is so interesting how people read their Bibles over and over without paying too much attention to what they are reading.


About Psalm 27

David wrote Psalm 27 just like he wrote some many our the 40 psalms that he penned. Like many psalms, David wrote this particular psalm during a time when he was in trouble and everything seemed dark for the king who was once a shepherd boy.

You have probably read the psalm or heard it many times in the past. You are encouraged to read it again through new lenses, and you will see it in a different way.

Through the psalm, you will see that David never ask for trouble to come to his enemies. That was never David's aim. His aim was for God to bring light to his own life. As you read the psalm with fresh eyes, notice how David's perspective changed fro the time he started to the time he finished the psalm.

Divisions of Psalm 27

Psalm 27 is a familiar psalm that has two distinct parts. There is a definite shift between Part 1 and Part 2. The first part of the psalm consists of Verses 1-6, and the second part consists of Verses 7-14.

Once people read the explanation of Psalm 27, they will surely understand it much better. They will be able to get a different feeling within themselves when they read the explanation of each of the two parts.

Confession: Veres 1-6

Verses 1-6 are about David's confession.

The psalmist confesses how his enemies are all around him. Notice that David said nothing about getting even with his enemies. Instead, he focuses on God and not on his enemies.

In his darkness, David says God is his light and his salvation. Then he asks the rhetorical question: "Whom shall I fear?" In case people don't understand what David meant, he said the same thing in a different way. He said the Lord is the strength of my life, and he asked the rhetorical question in a different way: "Of whom shall I be afraid?"

David briefly tells what his enemies had done to him, but he doesn't even think about retaliating. In the midst of all that, he confesses that the one thing he seeks is to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life.

Prayer: Verses 7-14

Verses 7-14 are about David's prayer to God concerning his situation.

He asks God to hear when he calls. What he seeks now is to see God's face and to be in His presence.

He first asks God to hear him and to have mercy on him and to answer him. David asks God not to hide from him. He continues by reminding God that He has been his help before, and he doesn't want to be forsaken now.

David asks God to teach him His way and lead him in a plain path because of his enemies. He turns his enemies over to God instead of trying to deal with them himself.

Conclusion of Psalm 27

The psalm concludes with David taking the focus off of himself and his enemies. He encourages those who read the psalm. He tells them to do what he suggests in Verse 14 that is shown in the photo below.

Read the psalm and be encouraged.

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      Frank 

      2 months ago

      Hi praise the lord

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Rshkahi, yes reading God's word does have a calming effect. Continue to read and meditate on God's word. Continue to trust Him. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 23 for more comfort and strength.

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      Rshkahi 

      3 months ago

      hello, i am currently going through a court case with my child's father as i have been attacked by him and his family members they then turned around and made false accusations against me making me look like i lied.

      i am very calm and i believe in the Lord as i know he is an honest and fair God, reading this just calmed me so much more and i trust that the truth will be revealed.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks so much, Martha, for your feedback on my article about Psalm 27. I love teaching God's word to educate people about some things they might have missed in the scriptures.

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      Martha Rogers 

      3 months ago

      This is so informative, love it. We read Psalm 27:4 every Sunday . So glad you detailed the whole chapter. Love your work. May God continue to bless you in all that you do.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty, thanks so much for reading and sharing feedback about my article. I will continue to post similar articles like that because I have plenty more.

      I will follow you so I can read some of your articles. Shalom!

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      Betty A F 

      8 months ago from Florida

      Margaret,

      I completely loved this article! You draw the reader's attention with the quiz, and it requires actual consideration.

      I've often wondered the same thing, even of myself, when it comes to specific verses that Christians commonly reference. One verse that really made me consider this is; Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

      It's easy for people to say that have faith, when it's not really needed, but much more difficult to hold to that faith in situations where real faith is needed. As easy as it is to read the bible and miss the meaning of specific passages, it's also easy to cling to certain passages and phrases without really knowing the meaning.

      Thank you for sharing this article. I love articles that cause me to consider my own studies.

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