Prayer Guide: Psalm 27

Psalm 27

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?

When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet I will be confident.

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 gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
    Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!



God’s Praiseworthy Attributes

  • Our Light – v. 1
  • Our salvation – vv. 1, 9
  • Our stronghold/refuge- v. 1
  • Overcomes our fears – v. 1
  • Protects from our enemies – v. 2
  • Our confidence – v. 3
  • Beautiful – v. 4
  • Our shelter – v. 5
  • Our covering (safety) – v.5
  • Lifts us up – v. 5
  • Worthy of sacrifice – v. 6
  • Source of joy – v. 6
  • Hears and answers prayer – v. 7
  • Gracious – v. 7
  • Reveals His face/intimacy – v. 8
  • Righteously angry – v 9
  • Our help – v. 9
  • Takes us in (cares) – v. 10
  • Our teacher – v. 11
  • Leads us – v. 11
  • Good – v. 12
  • Give strength and courage – v. 14

Possible Prayer Prompts:

  • I praise You that Your light is greater than the darkness of…
  • I praise You that You have saved me from…
  • I praise You that because You are my stronghold, I do not have to fear…
  • Lord, You are beautiful to me because…
  • Because You have delivered me, I willingly sacrifice…
  • I shout for joy because…
  • I praise You that when I seek Your face I see…
  • I praise You that I saw Your goodness when…


  • I confess the I am often fearful about __________. Renew my mind in the truth of who You are.
  • Rather than the “one thing” of Your beauty, I confess I often desire…
  • I confess that when You call me to seek Your face, I sinfully seek ________________ instead.


  • Because You are my light, I trust You to deliver me from my fear of…
  • Because You are their stronghold, deliver _____________ (name) from their fear of… 
  • Help me trust Your sheltering care when I am troubled about…
  • I trust You to keep ____________________ (name) safe as they…
  • I pray You will lift up ________________(name) as they deal with…
  • Lord, hear my prayer as I trust You for _______________ and be gracious to me.
  • Help me to hear Your call to seek Your face so that I will desire You more than…
  • Help ______________ (name) know that You are caring for them even though they have been forsaken by….
  • Lord, today, be my teacher and help me to learn that…
  • Lord, as I face a hostile world, I trust You to lead me so that I will…
  • Help me understand and see Your goodness today as I…
  • I pray that __________________ (name) will embrace Your goodness even though they are facing…


  • Because You are our Light and Salvation we will not fear…
    • Antiphonal Response: The Stronghold of our lives!
  • We are trusting You to overcome the enemy of…
  • Even though the enemy comes against us when, ______________. We will not fear.
    • Antiphonal response: You are our Confidence!
  • We will trust in Your goodness when…
    • Antiphonal responses:
      • Women: Be strong and take courage!
      • Men: Wait on the Lord!
  • Give strength and courage – v. 14