God Is My Life

September 27, 2017
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Psalm 4:1-8 – When I call, answer me, God, upholder of my right. In my distress you have set me at large; take pity on me and hear my prayer! Children of men, how long will you be heavy of heart, why love what is vain and chase after illusions? Realise that Yahweh performs wonders for his faithful, Yahweh listens when I call to him. Be careful not to sin, speak in your hearts, and on your beds keep silence. Loyally offer sacrifices, and trust in Yahweh. Many keep saying, "Who will put happiness before our eyes?" Let the light of your face shine on us. Yahweh, to my heart you are a richer joy than all their corn and new wine. In peace I lie down and at once fall asleep, for it is you and none other, Yahweh, who make me rest secure. (Jerusalem Bible)

When I read this psalm, it reminds me of how the Lord has been my guardian through so much tragedy in my life, including losing my parents at an early age, and suffering from chronic illness. It touches my heart because I am never alone in my troubles, and I do not have to fear anyone or anything. Verse 3 tells me that God performs wonders for those He loves, and He hears them whenever they call — a very important statement. It is good to know that God hears my prayers, my lamentations, and my cries. It makes me free and helps me not to dwell on difficult situations. God shares everything with me. The psalm encourages me to shut out all unnecessary noise, to become quiet, to meditate, and to bring my prayers to God in a truthful spirit.

What touches me the most in this psalm is that David says, "To my heart you are a richer joy than all their corn and new wine." I have also experienced this. No matter what this world has to offer or how many accomplishments and successes come my way, it can never compare to the joy that I feel when God touches my heart and soul. It is simply indescribable — or at least I cannot find the words! When our hearts are filled with the love of God and our spirits meditate on His Word, we feel connected to Him in the closest way. Then, our sleep is and will be peaceful. We will rest in the knowledge that He watches over us and will still be there when the day begins new. This is a very encouraging psalm. God surrounds us: what could possibly be better?

Prayer: God our Father, thank You for the protection which You give to us every day and night. Praise Your holy name, for into our hearts, You bring joy and gladness, which cannot be found in anything else. Our hearts cry out in happiness, and we worship You in all truthfulness. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for this beautiful devotional!

    Thanks, Corinne, for an encouraging word.

    Thank you, Corinne, for your reminder of this great truth.


    Amen to that prayer Corinne. Thank you for an excellent message.
    Blessings to you.

    Yes Corinne, there’s nothing like the joy of the Lord. Thanks for sharing this reminder with us. Blessings.

    Right now, I am reading, and hopefully studying, the Psalms. Thank you for your insight.

    Dear Corrine,
    You are a kindred spirit with me. Thank you for stating this so beautifully. May our Gracious Lord be with you and in you always and forever.

    Corinne, as l read your message that God was placed on your heart to share with us, I was delighted to know the Daily is reaching out further into a world that needs to hear God’s word.
    May God bless you to keep on writing.
    God bless.

    Thank you, Corinne, for this beautiful devotional. I have always loved this Psalm too! It goes hand in hand with Psalm 143:8 – “Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning…” God is with us 24/7.
    I will share this with many.
    May God continue to bless you.

    Hello Corinne. Thank you so much for sharing your strong faith with us. It is encouraging to hear of your walk with God and how your eyes are on Him each and every day. It sounds like you have had more than your share of troubles in this world yet you are more than a conqueror. You are wonderful example of what God can do and what a difference it makes to know Him. Thank you again for blessing me today by telling of your faith journey.

    Good morning Corinne: my heart is warmed by your devotion this morning. Thank you for sharing your experience of living life: Not in the fast lane, but rather where the rubber meets the road. My journey, though different, have some similarities, and today I was struggling not to feel sorry for myself, but your words encourage me. I trust that God will bless you richly today.
    In God’s ever-loving care.

    Thank you kindly for the devotional you have submitted this morning. What peace, joy and assurance we have knowing the Lord is there to help us through each and every situation we face. He is ever ready for our call upon Him.
    May we be always thankful for His ultimate love and care.
    Blessings to you,

    Hi Corinne, thanks for your words yesterday.
    I was surprised to see that you were writing from Germany, as most authors are from Canada and USA. I have a sister there who is struggling to find a faith family to share with. I don’t know how to help her reach out, besides encouraging her to keep searching for a church family.

    I just want to say AMEN! to your daily devotional. You put my thoughts and beliefs into word on paper. THANK YOU!
    (Saskatchewan, Canada.)

    I just wanted to let you know how much your devotion has meant and continues to mean to me. It has struck a chord with me and I have kept it in my Inbox to read from time to time along with the new daily devotional. Again, thank you.

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