“Is anyone happy?  Let them sing songs of praise.”  (James 5:13b, NIV)
James reminds us that the rhythm of a disciple’s life is not all labor and toil.  There are many periods of happiness and joy.
As we ought to run to God when trouble arrives, we ought also to give thanks to God when our path is smooth, the weather is fair, and our neighbors are at peace with us.
The natural person attributes the presence of these things to many sources other than to God: Luck, one’s knowledge or skill, or the favor of others.  The disciple sees only God (even when God is acting through others) as the source of all blessings.
James recommends this response: Praise God in song.  Indeed, “praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below. . . ”  – Luther
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