Tehillim / Psalms 27, Part 1, The Lord who is the light of life

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This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 27:1-14, David opens saying א   לְדָוִד | יְהֹוָה | אוֹרִי וְיִשְׁעִי מִמִּי אִירָא יְהֹוָה מָעוֹז חַיַּי מִמִּי אֶפְחָד: 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? (NASB)  What does David mean by “the Lord is his light?”  He goes on to say that ב   בִּקְרֹב עָלַי | מְרֵעִים לֶאֱכֹל אֶת-בְּשָֹרִי צָרַי וְאֹיְבַי לִי הֵמָּה כָּשְׁלוּ וְנָפָלוּ: ג   אִם-תַּחֲנֶה עָלַי | מַחֲנֶה לֹא-יִירָא לִבִּי אִם-תָּקוּם עָלַי מִלְחָמָה בְּזֹאת אֲנִי בוֹטֵחַ: 27:2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.  27:3 Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident. (NASB)  David’s confidence is in the Lord protecting and Saving (יִשְׁעִי) him from his enemies.  He believes the Lord will cause his enemies to stumble and fall and that the size of the armies that come against him does not cause him to fear because the Lord is with him.  David says  ד   אַחַת | שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת-יְהֹוָה אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהֹוָה כָּל-יְמֵי חַיַּי לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם-יְהֹוָה וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ: 27:4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple. (NASB) David requests to dwell in the house of the Lord all of his days, how did the Lord accomplish this in his life? Read More Here: Tehillim 27-Part1

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