Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. James 5:13 NASB
The reference to suffering here in James is compared to the prophets of the Old Testament. They were sent by God to tell the Israelites a message from Him that was not well received.
As we share the Good News we often can get discouraged that no one is listening. No one is understanding their need for Jesus. Or as I recently experienced, they were being phony, lying and deceiving with a personal agenda. It can be disheartening.
Solution? Go to the Lord in prayer. He can heal the heart. Take the people you share with to the Lord. Ultimately it is the Lord who changes hearts, not us. We simply need to be obedient and tell the story of Jesus and His saving grace. No matter the outcome God is in control.
And one day in heaven we might just meet that individual. Seeds planted that God used to change that person’s heart.
Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
It is extremely easy to sing praise when we have a cheerful heart. Is it the Lord to whom we direct our songs of praise?
🌹So whether suffering or cheerful, let our response be to seek the Lord God.
For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; . . . Jeremiah 13:11 NASB
The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise. Isaiah 43:21 NASB
but they did not listen.’ Jeremiah 13:11 NASB continued
Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward. Jeremiah 7:24 NASB
🌹Are you moving forward in the Lord? Surrender your life to God. Listen, obey, and praise His glory. For this you were created.
Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He. Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the Lord our God. Psalms 99:3, 5, 9 NASB
🌹Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty! Worthy of praise!! Worthy of exaltation!!! Worthy of worship!!!! His name is great and awesome!!!!! 🎉
I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Psalms 145:1-2 NASB
By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of You. Psalms 71:6 NASB
🌹God, my Sustainer from the day of my birth, I will praise you continually. I will, as my ambition, glorify, exalt and celebrate you my God, O King. I will bless you and I will praise You today and into eternity. For this is pleasing in Your sight. Forever and ever I will praise You. In and for the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.
Continually Seeking Him,
Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9 NASB
And, “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Your hands; Hebrews 1:10 NASB
They will perish, but You remain; And they all will wear out like a garment, Hebrews 1:11 NASB
— Raise your eyes to the sky, Then look to the earth beneath; For the sky will vanish like smoke, And the earth will wear out like a garment And its inhabitants will die in the same way. But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not fail. Isaiah 51:6 NASB
And like a robe You will roll them up; Like a garment they will also be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.” Hebrews 1:12 NASB
— Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NASB
🌹Thank You, God, that Your salvation is forever and Your righteousness will not fail. You have always been, You are and You will always be!! May we find hope, peace and abundant praise for You in knowing Your years will not come to an end. Amen
Satisfy us in the morning with Your graciousness, That we may sing for joy and rejoice all our days. Psalms 90:14 NASB
Do you have an established time each day when you set aside time to spend with your Creator, Father, Savior? Oh to spend time in the early morning, experiencing His graciousness through prayer and His word. Sets the tone and focus for the entire day.
With our focus on God we enjoy His leading. . .
Send out Your light and Your truth, they shall lead me; They shall bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places. Psalms 43:3 NASB
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly person for Himself; The Lord hears when I call to Him. Psalms 4:3 NASB
My soul longed and even yearned for the courtyards of the Lord ; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalms 84:2 NASB
There is a river whose streams make the city of God happy, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalms 46:4-5 NASB
🌹Sing for joy in the Lord, you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Psalms 33:1 NASB
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.