October 31

Johnny Cash Proclaims God’s Existence in “My God is Real”

The adage “To See is to Believe” does not necessarily apply to God. We really don’t have to see Him physically to believe He does exist. God has manifested His presence in our lives in so many ways without showing Himself before us. The mere fact that you wake up each morning is already a great indication of God’s existence. For who else can have the ability to open your eyes and allow you to breathe than your Creator? When you feel like your life is going astray and can’t find any hope, but along the way, you called for help, and it arrived. Who could have done such a miracle?

If you still ain’t convinced, here’s a good song to enlighten your soul. It’s a Johnny Cash song entitled “My God is Real.”  The lyrics to the song “My God is Real” were penned by Kenneth Morris. The legendary singer Johnny Cash recorded it in 1962 on one of his gospel albums, Hymns from the Heart.

Posted by Johnny Cash on Monday, December 16, 2013

Proclaiming God’s Existence

The title of the song alone asserts the presence of God in one’s life with conviction. Throughout the song, there was never a mention of seeing God face-to-face before declaring that He is real. Instead, the narrator emphasizes  the following at the end of each line:

My God is real for I can feel Him in my soul.

In the first verse, there’s the narrator’s acceptance of his limitations. But, feeling that God is in his soul was all that he’s certain about.

There are some things I may not know
There are some places I can’t go
But I am sure of this one thing
My God is real for I can feel Him in my soul

Toward the song’s chorus, the emphasis on God’s boundless love becomes apparent. With it, a sinner like the narrator of the song was cleansed and made complete.

My God is real, real in my soul
My God is real for He has washed and made me whole
His love for me is like pure gold
My God is real for I can feel Him in my soul

The second stanza tackles the outside destruction that could hinder the narrator from believing in God. He mentions his peer’s disbelief in the Almighty. He went on to state the possibility of losing their respect in him with his belief. But no matter how strong these external factors may be, what’s inside his heart remains stronger.

Some folks may doubt, some folks may scorn
Well, they can all go on, just leave me alone
But ask for me, I’ll take God’s part
My God is real for I can feel Him in my heart

Listen to Johnny Cash’s interpretation of “My God is Real” below.


Hymns from the Heart, Johnny Cash, Kenneth Morris, My God is Real, Proclaiming God's Existence

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