Going in order of Psalms I’ve not posted before, we come to Psalm 27. I have posted a few verses of this Psalm as parts of other posts, but never the whole Psalm for Psalm Sunday. I think it is an appropriate Psalm for today, Reformation Sunday, because in the last stanza is speaks of God as our fortress of salvation. This is appropriate because one of the most famous hymns written by Martin Luther, which we always sing in church on Reformation Sunday, is “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” It is an awesome hymn, and as a bonus I’ve posted a video of it sung by Chris Rice below the Psalm.
1 To you I call, O LORD my Rock;
do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.
2 Hear my cry for mercy
as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your Most Holy Place.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
but harbor malice in their hearts.
4 Repay them for their deeds
and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
and bring back upon them what they deserve.
5 Since they show no regard for the works of the LORD
and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
and never build them up again.
6 Praise be to the LORD,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.
8 The LORD is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.