Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
James 5:13 ESV
We have been doing a lot of singing lately. Christmas is near and each year our church hosts a community Christmas choir concert. Folks from several churches gather in our choir loft week after week and, as concert time draws near, night after night to practice the beautiful songs of Christmas.
Unfortunately, this is allergy season in south Texas. Cedar trees already beginning to pollinate cause headaches, itchy ears, congestion and sore throats—a big problem for singers. So when I came across this verse in James five, I chuckled. I think James was onto something when he included suffering and singing in such close proximity.
There is just something about singing the glory of His Name that lightens a heavy load, calms a sick child, eases heartache and takes your mind off yourself. If you do not believe me, give it a try. Start singing:
Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Holy Spirit, Thou art welcome
In this place
From songs we teach our children to songs of the greatest adoration, our hearts grow lighter when we lift our voice to our Heavenly Father and praise Him. When we sing about the love of Jesus, the glory of our Father or the presence of the Holy Spirit, we welcome them into our innermost being and somehow life just seems a little better, the day has a glow to it as our heart sings.
So if you are hurried, hassled, frazzled or just plain pooped today, SING! If you have more to do than you can possibly accomplish in one day, SING! If you have Jesus in your heart, SING! Do not forget that Jesus is the reason for the season and that is reason enough to SING the Glory of His Name!