Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

(14 verses, 1:55 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • This Psalm is a prayer of great confidence in the Lord in the midst of all sorts of trouble. It is one of the most comforting of all the Psalms.


  • The Psalm begins with a sermon extolling the Lord’s goodness, 27:1-6.
  • David then prays to the Lord asking for His help and kindness, 27:7-12.
  • The Psalm ends with a confession of faith (27:13) and a final charge (27:14).


  • Consider the competing images of the Psalm. The Lord is a castle, a rock-solid protection in the time of trouble. In a wonderful mixing of images, David calls the tabernacle (only a tent, and certainly not a castle) his greatest protection. Our safety is in the Lord’s tent, not in the kings castle!
  • No matter the strength of our enemies, the Lord is our refuge and protector.
  • There is a lot of seeking in this Psalm. David is surrounded by his enemies, but he does not seek his own safety. Instead he seeks to dwell in the house of the Lord (27:4), and he seeks the Lord’s face (27:8). This is the hope that revives David, that he would see the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (27:13).


  • There are a number of beautiful verses to meditate on in this Psalm. Consider rereading especially verses 1, 4, 8-9, and 14.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold1 of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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