by Michael Campbell
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” –James 5:13
I always do a lot of singing. I have a playlist of my favorite worship music with 33 songs on it—that’s almost 3 hours! I have some disabilities that make a lot of things harder for me, and sometimes my feelings are a lot bigger than for other people. I have a hard time with speaking so sometimes saying a prayer is tough for me, but singing is another way I think we can talk to God. The worship songs I sing and listen to help me with my feelings, so it is kind of like I’m asking God to help me. When I sing these songs, just like it says in Colossians 3:16, I sing with thanks to God in my heart. Below I will share some of the songs that I like to use for certain feelings.
Sadness: A lot of people get sad, and I have been very sad during the past year when my best friend’s mom had cancer. She died last summer and we have all been very sad about it. The song I like to listen to that comforts me when I am sad is The Blessing. This song is a prayer to God, so even though it is singing, it is also praying for comfort, just like it says in James 5:13.
Frustrated or anxious: After a long day, or when I have to do really hard things, I need to calm down. I usually need a lot of songs, but the best one to start with is Battle Belongs.
Happy: I think singing is a way of praying to God—thanking Him for helping us, for listening to us, and thanking Him for giving us the gift of prayer and songs. When I am happy, I like to listen to big songs like Raise a Hallelujah.
When you are sad or need help, you should pray to God. When you are feeling happy, try singing like I do to thank God.
Dear God, Thank You for listening to our prayers. Thank You for giving us the gift of music and song so that we can praise You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.