PSALM 27

 

Rachel Orbach

 

 

Text:

 

Of David

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;

  whom should I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life,

  whom should I dread?

2 When evil men assail me

  to devour my flesh,

  it is they, my foes and my enemies,

  who stumble and fall.

3 Should an army besiege me,

  my heart would have no fear;

  should war beset me,

  in this I trust

4 One thing I ask of the Lord,

  only that do I seek;

  to live in the house of the Lord

  all the days of my life,

  to behold the bliss of the Lord,

  to visit His temple

5 Indeed, He will hide me in His pavilion

  on an evil day.

  He will conceal me in the concealment of His tent,

  raise me high upon a rock.

 

6 Now is my head high

  above my enemies roundabout;

  I sacrifice in His tent with shouts of joy,

 singing and chanting a hymn to the Lord.

 

                        7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;

                          have mercy on me, answer me.

                        8 You told my heart,

                          ŇSeek My face.Ó

                          O Lord, I sought Your face.

                        9 Do not hide Your face from me;

                          do not thrust aside Your servant in anger.

                          You have ever been my help.

                        Do not forsake me, do not abandon me,

                        Lord of my salvation.

 

10 Though my father and mother abandon me,

  the Lord will take me in.

                        11 Show me Your way, O Lord,

                          and lead me on a level path

                          because of my watchful foes.

                        12 Do not deliver me to the will of my foes,

                          for false witnesses and unjust accusers

                          have arisen against me.

13 Had I not trusted

  that I would see the goodness of the Lord

  in the land of the livingÉ

14 Place your hope in the Lord.

  Strengthen yourself and He will instill courage in your heart.

  Place your hope in the Lord.

 

 

Interpretive Commentary:

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, whom should I dread?

God is always watching over me, I know it. As long as he is with me, I have no one to be afraid of, not even my father. God is always with me, standing over me to protect me from any harm that may come my way. DonŐt be afraid, Daniella, everything is going to be okay.

 

When evil men assail me to devour my flesh, it is they, my foes and my enemies, who stumble and fall. Should an army besiege me, my heart would have no fear; should war beset me, in this I trust.

I feel trapped. I have nowhere to go. I am stuck inside the confines of this troubled and disturbed home, with a dysfunctional and abusive father, who doesnŐt give a shit about me. He just gets trashed and returns to our home to hurt my mother and me. I canŐt live like this any longer. IŐm now turning to God, and placing all my trust in Him to give my father what he deserves. I know God will decide in the end what is right to do with my father. The next time he stands up to strike me, I know that my father will be the one who falls and justice will be paid.

 

One thing I ask of the Lord, only that do I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the bliss of the Lord to visit His temple. Indeed, He will hide me in His pavilion on an evil day; He will conceal me in the concealment of His tent, raise me high upon a rock.

All I want is to be able to wake up every morning without worry and fear. I want to live in a safe and normal home, completely the opposite and far away from the one I am living in now. I want to live under GodŐs constant love, care and protection in a stable and nurturing environment; and a place I can actually call my home and be excited to go back to every day.

 

Now is my head high above my enemies roundabout; I sacrifice in His tent with shouts of joy, singing and chanting a hymn to the Lord.

I hear my father coming! I need God to be here for me. Now is when I need Him most. I hope he comes through, I know he wonŐt let my fatherŐs wrath and anger touch me. 

 

Hear, O lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy on me, answer me. You told my heart, ŇSeek My face.Ó O Lord, I sought Your face Do not hide Your face from me; do not thrust aside your servant in anger. You have ever been my help. Do not forsake me, do not abandon me, Lord of my salvation.

Please God! Do you see the tears beginning to stream down my face?! I know you will have sympathy for me and help me. You are all I have, and I need you. I have searched for your face during all of my distressful, terrifying and vulnerable situations. Whenever my father comes in and threatens me I am consumed with fear and helplessness and you are the only person who is witness to his wrath and who can help me. I beg of you, please God I need you, take me away, save me and protect me.

 

Though my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will take me in.

I know God wonŐt abandon me like my father and mother have. God will take me in and help me. He just has to.

 

Show me Your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my watchful foes. Do not deliver me to the will of my foes, for false witnesses and unjust accusers have arisen against me.

My father and mother have completely disregarded the fact that they even have a daughter! They couldnŐt care less about me if they tried. To them, the world would be better without me in it. I am just a burden, or a figure that can easily be abused and taken advantage of. I need you to help me God. DonŐt let me live like this any longer.

 

Had I not trusted that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the livingÉ

If I didnŐt have this much faith and trust in God I would have already taken my own life. Yes, I admit, I would have gone as far as killing myself.

 

Place your hope in the Lord. Strengthen yourself and He will instill courage in your heart. Place your hope in the Lord.

I know God will help me through. All I can do now is pray, hope and believe that He will come to my rescue, help me be strong and get through this.