Come Before God With Joy, Thanksgiving, and Praise!

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
— James 5:13

James 5:13 tells us to go to God when we are down, but to also go to Him when we are up. I read a quote recently that said that we are never so whole, never so healed that we do not need God every single day. 

Do we forget Him when we are happy?

It is easier to remember to pray and take our words and supplications before God when we are in trouble. But we need to remember from whence our help has come when we are happy and well. Let us not forget to praise our Holy God during both the ups and downs for He never forgets us. 

We can praise Him in the way we live, through our obedience, and the actions we take. We can praise Him by spending time with Him daily and reading His Word. We can praise Him through music and song. And, we can praise Him through our gratitude for everything we have. 

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17

Everything good we have, everything good we are comes from our faithful, never changing God.

Let us praise him with our lives and words today.

To Ponder:

How can I glorify and praise God with my life today?


Heavenly Father,

I'm sorry for the times I neglect You and take advantage of Your goodness and forget to praise You for all that I have. Forgive me. Thank you for being so giving and so faithful even when I am not. Remind me to sing psalms and praise Your Name daily. 

Thank you, Father. Amen. 

JanuaryLori HilComment