Ps. 27: A Contemporary Restatement

Leslie F. Brandt served around the world as a pastor, evangelist, and writer. Psalms Now has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. These modern restatements first appeared in his weekly church bulletin and in This Day magazine in the 1970s. Brandt died in 2001.


Psalms/Now (Concordia Publishing House), p. 47

With the living and eternal God as my goal and guide,

     fear and anxiety need have no place in my life.

All the evil in the world cannot destroy Him

     nor can it destroy anyone within His loving embrace.

The very legions of hell lay siege to my soul,

     only to be thwarted by a power far greater.


I have one primary and ultimate desire:

     to abide within the love and acceptance of God

Within His tender care I know I am safe.


Thus I shall stand tall

     regardless of threatening enemies

       and the tyranny of evil.

I will counter the subtle voices of temptation

     with exclamations of praise to my God.


My God does hear when I cry out to Him.

He does not ignore my needs;

     neither is He indifferent to my desires.

He will not let me go even if my own family

     should turn against me.

He will sustain me and keep me on course

     through the dangers and pitfalls of this life.


It is possible to know and experience Gods love

     in this uncertain, tumultuous existence.

Take courage, step out in faith, scorn the consequences,

     and let God have His way with you.


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