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Read Psalm 4


Monday

Read Psalm 4

Answer me when I pray,
    O God, my defender!
When I was in trouble, you helped me.
    Be kind to me now and hear my prayer.

2 How long will you people insult me?
    How long will you love what is worthless
    and go after what is false?

3 Remember that the Lord has chosen the righteous for his own,
    and he hears me when I call to him.

4 Tremble with fear and stop sinning;
    think deeply about this,
    when you lie in silence on your beds.
5 Offer the right sacrifices to the Lord,
    and put your trust in him.

6 There are many who pray:
    “Give us more blessings, O Lord.
    Look on us with kindness!”
7 But the joy that you have given me
    is more than they will ever have
    with all their grain and wine.

8 When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace;
    you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe.

Footnotes:
Psalm 4:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Verses 6 & 7: "There are many who pray:
    “Give us more blessings, O Lord.
    Look on us with kindness!”
But the joy that you have given me
    is more than they will ever have
    with all their grain and wine."
Sometimes in ministry I am greatly surprised by the joy of people who struggle and the complete lack of joy in those who have everything they dream of.  Joy from God is more than any thing else we could hope for.

Pray

Lord help me to receive your joy welling up from deep within my heart.  In all circumstances.

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