27:1 «[A Psalm] of David.» The LORD [is] my a light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
(a) Because he was assured of good success in all
his dangers and that his salvation was surely laid up in God, he did not fear
the tyranny of his enemies.
27:3 Though an host should
encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me,
in b this [will] I [be] confident.
(b) That God will deliver me and give my faith
27:4 c One
[thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in
the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD,
and to enquire in his temple.
(c) The loss of country, wife and all worldly
conveniences would not grieve me as much as this one thing, that I may not
praise your name in the midst of the congregation.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:
therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I
will sing praises unto the LORD.
(d) David assured himself by the Spirit of
prophecy that he should overcome his enemies and serve God in his tabernacle.
27:8 [When thou saidst], e
Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
(e) He grounds on God's promise and shows that
he is most willing to obey his commandment.
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
(f) He magnifies God's love toward his, which
far passes the most tender love of parents towards their children.
27:12 Deliver me not over
unto the g will of mine enemies: for
false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
(g) But either pacify their wrath, or bridle
27:13 [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see
the goodness of the LORD h in the land
of the living.
(h) In this present life before I die, as in (Isaiah
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait,
I say, on the LORD.
(i) He exhorts himself to depend on the Lord
seeing he never failed in his promises.