Psalm 27 Explained in Detail

Updated on October 24, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for three different websites: Blasting News, HubPages, and Vocal. She loves sharing interesting things.

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.

Psalm 27 is a familiar psalm that people have probably read more than once. Did you know that particular psalm that was written by David actually has two 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 the read the explanation of each of the two parts.

Parts of Psalm 27

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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 didn'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 upon him and to answer him. David asks God not to hide from him because that is what he seeks. 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 God's 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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      Margaret Minnicks 4 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 4 months 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.