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A Choral Reading of Psalm 27

This is a choral reading of Psalm 27 for 4 readers adapted from the NRSV. It has a sung refrain.

REFRAIN (From “El Señor es mi luz /The Lord Is My Light” Lift Up Your Hearts 774)

ONE & TWO: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

THREE & FOUR: The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

ONE: When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall.

TWO: Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.

FOUR: Though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.


THREE: One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

FOUR: 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 set me high on a rock.

ONE: Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;

TWO: I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

FOUR: Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,

ALL: be gracious to me and answer me!


THREE: “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.

FOUR: Do not hide your face from me.

TWO: Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.

ONE: Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

THREE & FOUR: If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.


ONE: Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

TWO: Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.

THREE: I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

FOUR: Wait for the Lord;

THREE: be strong,

TWO: and let your heart take courage;

ALL: wait for the Lord!


Note to readers: When a sentence is split between two readers, let it sound like a single voice with no pause between the lines.