Psalm 27 Explained in Detail

Updated on August 6, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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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      10 months ago

      It's really helped me understand how this has related to my life....

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      13 months ago

      I could not get off my chair this was so much interesting I gained knowledge and wisdom from this thank you

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      Ananiaa Ching Mosikari 

      18 months ago

      Thanks for the teaching.

      May The Lord increase you In The Name Of Jesus Christ Of Nazareth.

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      18 months ago

      Thank you.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      18 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Miriam, thanks for letting me know you were blessed by reading my commentary on Psalm 27.

      Feel free to check out some of my other articles. Hopefully, they will bless you as well.

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      18 months ago

      i was so blessed when i read your article on Psalm 27.

      I now understand it better

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      19 months ago from Richmond, VA

      WOW! tricia. Thanks for letting me know that you read my commentary on Psalm 27. I am especially pleased that you let me know how you found it. In the future, use the same method because I write a lot and perhaps you will find something else when you need it.

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      19 months ago

      Thank you for writing these articles I really love reading Psalm 27 and 23. I also like too study Psalm. I woke up this morning and psalm 27 was on my mine. I wanted to know what the meaning of each verse. So I ask the question and your post came up I enjoyed reading it. Thanks

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      19 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Blessed, I am glad you found my site and read my explanation about Psalm 27. I have written articles about other Psalms as well as articles about other parts of the Bible. Hopefully, you will read those also.

      I try to teach the way I learn. Therefore, I simplify my information so people can understand the information and live by it.

      Continue to be blessed like your name!

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      19 months ago

      I googled to get a clear view of Psalm 27 and it brought me here. I am enjoying your site already. I love the way you broke it down. I know Psalm is a very popular book of the Bible and is were people go when needing something in their life no matter what the case may be but to be honest when I read some of it I get lost of what it really is saying. As you said earlier people probably have read different Psalms many of times but never had the true meaning, so that made me feel somewhat better to know that I wasnt alone. I have found myself reading it because I hear people talking so much about how it helped them. Then I thought thats not good just to read and not know what it means. So I stopped. Of course the Psalm 23 as you said most people have memorized. That was the first thing I did. I also started having some of my grands to learn it. Of course I know the meaning of that one but some of the other Psalm I didnt. Then I bought a book that breaks down the Bible but sometime the way the person breaks it down you dont understand what they are saying either. The book have help a lot overall but not completly on some things. So sometimes I google and it helps. Your explanations are very simple to understand. Thank you! I also love the comments I read from others which have given advice on other parts of the Bible to read for comfort.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Darlene, I am glad you were comforted by my explanation of Psalm 27. You said you were looking for Psalm 91 to read. There is a link to it at the end of Psalm 27 as well as a link to some of my other favorite psalms.

      Blessings to you as God leads you in the right direction. Listen to Him and do what pleases Him in the end. If you are led to get a divorce, remember that you will still be loved by God, and there is life after a divorce.

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      20 months ago

      I came across this site after reading and meditating on the word this morning. My husband and I are separated and I am trying to remain cordial to him. However, he has spread lies about me. These lies hurt and though I know they are attacks from the enemy, they crush my spirit. My husband is Christian, also but we are unequally yoked. I have been in a very controlling and (verbally attacked) marriage for close to 28 years. My husband is trying to pit my children against me. They are older children but nonetheless he’s displaying a “pity party” for himself. I’ve always trusted in the Lord and God has saved me from many sickness and diseases. I love the Lord and want a closer relationship with him. My husband, on the other hand, is happy attending church on Sunday and that’s it. My husbands family have said some very disgusting and hurtful things about me and will not correct them. Actually, throughout my marriage he has NEVER protected me from his family.

      I came across Psalm 27, as I was opening up my bible to read Psalm 91. I knew what the Psalm was telling me; but, wanted more in-depth. I came across your site and loved how you broke down this Psalm and had a short quiz.

      Although I never wanted my marriage to end in divorce, it seems to be heading in that direction, to which I am now ok with. I know what the bible speaks of regarding divorce, however, I don’t think Jesus would want his daughter crushed and suffering from low self esteem from a man who was/is to protect me. Your wisdom on this is greatly appreciated. Thank you

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      23 months ago

      Hi praise the lord

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years 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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      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Florida


      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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