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Psalm 27 Explained in Detail

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


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.


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. How many parts does Psalm 27 shows?
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
    • Four
    • Five

Answer Key

  1. Two

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.


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Part 1 of Psalm 27 is about this.
    • David's prayer
    • David's enemies
    • David's confession
  2. What is the rhetorical question David asked?
    • How do I get back at my enemies?
    • How can my friends help me?
    • Whom shall I fear?

Answer Key

  1. David's confession
  2. Whom shall I fear?

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.


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the second part of Psalm 27 about?
    • David's complaint
    • David's confession
    • David's prayer

Answer Key

  1. David's prayer

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.



For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What encouragement did David give readers of Psalm 27?
    • Get even with enemies.
    • Do to the enemies what they have done to him.
    • Wait on the Lord and be of good cheer.

Answer Key

  1. Wait on the Lord and be of good cheer.
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