FOR [by] DAVID
In Hebrew "leDavid" which can mean "for David" but can also connote "from David".
[Psalms 27:1] 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?
[Psalms 27:2] WHEN THE WICKED, EVEN MINE ENEMIES AND MY FOES, CAME UPON
ME TO EAT UP MY FLESH, THEY STUMBLED AND FELL.
[Psalms 27:3] THOUGH AN HOST SHOULD ENCAMP AGAINST ME, MY HEART SHALL
NOT FEAR: THOUGH WAR SHOULD RISE AGAINST ME, IN THIS WILL I BE CONFIDENT.
[Psalms 27:4] 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.
David often repeats his desire to always dwell in the House of God.
S.R. Hirsch points out that this cannot mean the physical temple but rather
a spritiual reality for which the Temple served as a model here on earth.
To feel the constant closeness and reality of the Almighty should be a
goal we set ourselves as if we were dwelling in His House.
[Psalms 27:5] FOR IN THE TIME OF TROUBLE HE SHALL HIDE ME IN HIS
PAVILION: IN THE SECRET OF HIS TABERNACLE SHALL HE HIDE ME; HE SHALL SET ME UP
UPON A ROCK.
The secret places of our mind, our ultimate reality, where we go for
refuge from trouble and upsetting circumstances
Should be the House of God. This is what will give us strength and make us
impervious to the enemy.
The "enemy" in the psalms of David is a real thing, physical entities
that seek our harm and the harm of those we hold dear. The "enemy" is also
our own inner darkness that prevents us from living as we should and as we
can and from doing as well as we can on every plane of our existence.
[Psalms 27:6] 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.
<<SACRIFICES OF JOY>>: When we realize that good has been done for us
we should show our thanks by doing some good deed beyond that which we
normally would do. It used to be the custom that when a new baby came
into the world the proud father would give out cigars to all present
including complete strangers. The idea was that good had been done to him and he
wished to share his happiness by causing others to feel good. This is
the same principle. It is a kind of sacrifice of thanksgiving even though
something more beneficial than cigars may be more appropriate.
[Psalms 27:7] HEAR, O LORD, WHEN I CRY WITH MY VOICE: HAVE MERCY ALSO
UPON ME, AND ANSWER ME.
[Psalms 27:8] WHEN THOU SAIDST, SEEK YE MY FACE; MY HEART SAID UNTO
THEE, THY FACE, LORD, WILL I SEEK.
[Psalms 27:9] HIDE NOT THY FACE FAR FROM ME; PUT NOT THY SERVANT AWAY
IN ANGER: THOU HAST BEEN MY HELP; LEAVE ME NOT, NEITHER FORSAKE ME, O GOD
OF MY SALVATION.
[Psalms 27:10] WHEN MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER FORSAKE ME, THEN THE LORD
WILL TAKE ME UP.
Every one of us in some way at some stage feels abandoned by his
parents and by those whom he depended upon. In such cases we should turn to the
Almighty for support and he will be there for us.
[Psalms 27:11] TEACH ME THY WAY, O LORD, AND LEAD ME IN A PLAIN PATH,
BECAUSE OF MINE ENEMIES.
God will help us if we go in His ways. We therefore request that the
Almighty make His will and His ways known unto us.
[Psalms 27:12] DELIVER ME NOT OVER UNTO THE WILL OF MINE ENEMIES: FOR
FALSE WITNESSES ARE RISEN UP AGAINST ME, AND SUCH AS BREATHE OUT CRUELTY.
We do not want to be given over into the power of those who are against
us or who work in ways harmful to us. These days women (and also men in
some cases) in the work force often have problems
with those above them (within whose "power" they find themselves) who
want their downfall. We pray that God will enable us not to get into such
situations but if we do that we will be given the wherewithal to escape
from them. Anyone who wants something bad for us, against the will of
God, is our enemy and we should realize this and ask God to help us
from such enemies.
[Psalms 27:13] I HAD FAINTED, UNLESS I HAD BELIEVED TO SEE THE GOODNESS
OF THE LORD IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING.
<<I HAD FAINTED>>: Not in the original Hebrew but perhaps implied. A
difficult construct but implying that I would have gone under and been
destroyed by my enemies unless I had believed in God
and called upon him as described above. I was able to do all this
because that the Almighty would pull me through into a better life in a land of
vitality where His Goodness would be even more visible and palpable
than it has been.
[Psalms 27:14] WAIT ON THE LORD: BE OF GOOD COURAGE, AND HE SHALL
STRENGTHEN THINE HEART: WAIT, I SAY, ON THE LORD.
<<WAIT>>: Hebrew "kaveh" often translated as "wait" in the KJV but
perhaps more correctly rendered as "hope for" or "hope in". The root "KVH"
actually connotes "line" or "string". Therefore the word could also be
correctly rendered in modern parlance as "put a line on", tie a string
to".i.e. hope and wait for and trust in.
Rabbi Avraham Feld in his Approbation to our book, "Lost Israelite
Identity. The Hebrew Ancestry of Celtic Races", expanded on the
different applications of the word "kaveh" ('wait" or "hope for") in the Bible.