Psalm 27

1 [A melody] of David.
Jehovah is my light and my salvation. Whom should I fear? Jehovah is the stronghold of my life. Whom should I dread?

2 When evil men attacked me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies were the ones who stumbled and fell.

3 Though an army should set up camp against me, My heart will not fear. Though war should break out against me, Even then I will remain confident.

4 One thing I have asked from Jehovah—It is what I will look for— That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To gaze upon the pleasantness of Jehovah And to look with appreciation upon his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter on the day of calamity; He will conceal me in the secret place of his tent; High on a rock he will place me.

6 Now my head is high above my enemies who surround me; I will offer sacrifices at his tent with joyful shouting; I will sing praises to Jehovah.

7 Hear me, O Jehovah, when I cry out; Show me favor and answer me.

8 Speaking for you, my heart has said: “Seek to find my face.” Your face, O Jehovah, I will seek to find.

9 Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in your anger. You are my helper; Do not forsake me or leave me, my God of salvation.

10 Even if my own father and mother abandon me, Jehovah himself will take me in.

11 Instruct me in your way, O Jehovah, Lead me in the path of uprightness because of my foes.

12 Do not hand me over to my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen up against me, And they threaten me with violence.

13 Where would I be if I did not have faith That I would see Jehovah’s goodness in the land of the living?

14 Hope in Jehovah; Be courageous and strong of heart. Yes, hope in Jehovah.