Psalms: Psalm 27 – A Psalm for the “Season of Reflection”

Shalom, everyone! Psalm 27 is traditionally recited daily during both morning and evening prayer services during the period on the ecclesiastical calendar from Rosh Chodesh Tsahim (Sixth Month) through Shemini Atzeret, which falls on the 22nd of Ethanim (Tishrei). This period is known as the “Season of Reflection” before and during the High Holy Days. While Psalm 27 is usually recited daily during the “Season of Reflection,” some Hebrews prefer to recite Psalm 27 on a daily basis regardless of the season.

Psalm 27 was written by David, King of Yisrael. This psalm reminds us that YAH is our Savior and Protector. We need not fear anyone and any situation because YAH has promised that as long as we seek and serve Him, He will save us and protect us from our enemies. We must trust Him; He will honor us for our trust in Him. We must support Him, standing firm in His principles, His Torah, even in the face of rejection from loved ones. He rewards those who diligently seek Him, and He will protect His faithful ones from harm during the season of His final judgment of the earth.

The following is Psalm 27 in English, taken from the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) 1917 version of the Tanakh. For a side-by-side modern Hebrew-English translation please click on the link below to Mechon-Mamre:

Psalm 27

1 [A Psalm] of David. 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-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh, even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise up against me, even then will I be confident.

4 One thing have I asked 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 graciousness of the LORD, and to visit early in His temple.

5 For He concealeth me in His pavilion in the day of evil; He hideth me in the covert of His tent; He lifteth me up upon a rock.

6 And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me; and I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices with trumpet-sound; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I call with my voice, and be gracious unto me, and answer me.

8 In Thy behalf my heart hath said: ‘Seek ye My face’; Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

9 Hide not Thy face from me; put not Thy servant away in anger; Thou hast been my help; cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 For though my father and my mother have forsaken me, the LORD will take me up.

11 Teach me Thy way, O LORD; and lead me in an even path, because of them that lie in wait for me.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence.

13 If I had not believed to look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!–

14 Wait on the LORD; be strong, and let thy heart take courage; yea, wait thou for the LORD.

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