BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 27 – “Heads Up!” []

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Psalm 27

  • Who is the lifter of your head? Throughout scripture the term is used in several ways: For King David it is God who lifts his head from fear to bring him to elation in worship. God also elevates his position. Others in scripture also had their head lifted:
    • Genesis 40:13
      Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler.
    • Jeremiah 52:31 Jehoiachin Released from Prison
      Now it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, that Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison.
    • Luke 21:28
      Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
  • But there is another side to having one’s head lifted:
    • Genesis 40:19
      Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.”
    • Ezra 9:6 And I said: “O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens.

An Exuberant Declaration of Faith

A Psalm of David.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
  • Satan uses our fears to bleed us (like the old barbers); he drains us of our spiritual energy
Psalm 27:When the wicked came against me
To eat up (devour) my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.

Psalm 27:Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
Psalm 27:One thing I have desired of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty (delightfulness) of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
And to inquire in His temple.
Psalm 27:For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27:And now my head shall be lifted up (lifted up in honor) above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy (joyous shouts) in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
Psalm 27:Hear, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
Psalm 27:When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), I will seek.”
Psalm 27:Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation (‘ĕlōhîm yēša).
  • See Topic: The Meaning of Salvation
  • Matthew 1:21 says: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him YESHUA, because he will save his people from their sins.” which reveals the nature and purpose to which Yeshua was born!
Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) will take care of me.
Psalm 27:11 Teach me Your way, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Psalm 27:12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)
In the land of the living.
Psalm 27:14 Wait (be bound to God) on the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ);
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)!
  • ►“To wait” means to be bound to God: to be strong, robust. To produce endurance.
    • To Wait: Strong’s H6960 qâvâh, kaw-vaw’; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
  • ► God calls the Jews His wife – Likewise; New Covenant believers are called “the Bride of Christ”.
  • ►There are two types of binding together: One type is where a person binds himself to Satan and another where one binds himself to God.
    • The first type is the word for sea monster which can be translated as to coil, or twist. The sea monster is called the reptilian Leviathan and throughout scripture refers to Satan who dwells in the sea of people. Satan is also called a serpent, a dragon, a beast, a crocodile. In every case, he is a reptile. He is like a serpent because of his venom, and like a boa constrictor he can squeeze the life out of a person.
    • The second type is waiting patiently on the Lord. This is when, by patience, a person becomes One with God, as in a marriage where two become one.

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