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Psalms 27

Of David.

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation--
     whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life--
     of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evil men advance against me
     to devour my flesh,(2)
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
     they will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
     my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
     even then will I be confident.
4 One thing I ask of the Lord,
     this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
     all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
     and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
     he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
     and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
     above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
     I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, O Lord;
     be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, "Seek his(3) face!"
     Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
     do not turn your servant away in anger;
     you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
     O God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
     the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord;
     lead me in a straight path
     because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
     for false witnesses rise up against me,
     breathing out violence.
13 I am still confident of this:
     I will see the goodness of the Lord
     in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.