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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 27:1-6

We may observe here, I. With what a lively faith David triumphs in God, glories in his holy name, and in the interest he had in him. 1. The Lord is my light. David's subjects called him the light of Israel, 2 Sam. 21:17. And he was indeed a burning and a shining light: but he owns that he shone, as the moon does, with a borrows light; what light God darted upon him reflected upon them: The Lord is my light. God is a light to his people, to show them the way when they are in doubt, to comfort... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear ?.... The Targum in the king of Spain's Bible explains it, "the Word of the Lord is my light"; and so Ainsworth cites it; that is, Christ the eternal Word, in whom "was life, and that life was the light of men", John 1:4 ; and the psalmist is not to be understood of the light of nature and reason, with which the Logos, or Word, enlightens every man that comes into the world; nor merely in a temporal sense, of giving him the light... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation - This light can never be extinguished by man; the Lord is my salvation, my safeguard, my shield, and my defense; of whom then should I be afraid? read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 27:1

Verse 1 1.Jehovah is my light. This commencement may be understood as meaning that David, having already experienced God’s mercy, publishes a testimony of his gratitude. But I rather incline to another meaning, namely, that, perceiving the conflict he had to wage with the sharpest temptations, he fortifies himself beforehand, and as it were brings together matter for confidence: for it is necessary that the saints earnestly wrestle with themselves to repel or subdue the doubts which the flesh... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 27:1

The Lord is my Light (comp. John 1:7-9 ; John 12:35 , John 12:36 , John 12:46 ; 1 John 1:5 ). The statement does not occur in any other place in the Old Testament, though the idea may be found in Isaiah 60:1 , Isaiah 60:20 ; Micah 7:8 ; and elsewhere. Light has been well called "this profoundly beautiful name of God" (Delitzsch). And my Salvation (comp. Psalms 18:2 ; Psalms 62:2 , Psalms 62:6 ). Whom shall I fear? "If God be for us, who can be against us?" ( Romans... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 27:1

Jehovah's self-revelation, and faith's response thereto. There is no known character and career in Scripture that would correspond to this psalm as well as those of David. And it seems difficult to resist the conclusion that the words in Psalms 27:10 were written about the same time that those in 1 Samuel 22:3 were spoken. The objection of Delitzsch, that David left his father and mother, not they him, is of no weight; for either way his peril and exposure were such that he was left... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 27:1-6

Fearless, courage. I. THE SECRET OF A FEARLESS COURAGE . 1 . His experience of what God had been to Aim. "Light" in the darkest periods of his life. Light is a revealing power—for guidance. Salvation from his greatest dangers, temporal and spiritual "Strength," the power that had upheld his life when falling into weakness and despair. Experience confirmed and rewarded the faith which he had in God. When experience coincides with our faith, then we are at our strongest.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 27:1-13

True religion. True religion begins with God. It is a call on his part; it is a response on ours ( Psalms 27:8 ). With some religion is a chance, as settled by birth. With others it is a custom—something received by tradition from the fathers. With others it is a convenience, the result of education, a matter of prudence and self-interest, something necessary to respectability and comfort in the world. In all such cases there may be the form, but there cannot be the power, of godliness;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 27:1-14

For these reasons the psalm has been supposed to be "composite;" but the question arises—If the two parts, being so entirely unlike, were originally distinct and unconnected, what should have led any arranger or editor to unite them? To this question there seems to be no possible answer; and thus the very diversity of the two parts would seem to show an original union. According to the statement of the title, the psalm was written by David. It has many characteristics of his style, the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 27:1

The Lord is my light - He is to me the source of light. That is, He guides and leads me. Darkness is the emblem of distress, trouble, perplexity, and sorrow; light is the emblem of the opposite of these. God furnished him such light that these troubles disappeared, and his way was bright and happy.And my salvation - That is, He saves or delivers me.Whom shall I fear? - Compare Romans 8:31. If God is on our side, or is for us, we can have no apprehension of danger. He is abundantly able to... read more

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