Matt Redman 10000 Reasons

This post is the second installation of a series I've entitled Song Spotlights.

(Check out my previous spotlight of Tenth Avenue North's "Times" here.)

In this post, we look at the beautiful song "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" by Matt Redman.

I first heard this song sometime in 2012 and it immediately captured my heart, leading me to worship.

Despite listening to it numerous times since, the song has not grown tired. Instead, its message of praise to a perfect GOD and Father rings true with each listen.

Here are the lyrics to "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord):"

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

[Chorus x2]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

Jesus, I'll worship Your holy name
Lord, I'll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I'll worship Your holy name
I'll worship Your holy name

"10,000 Reasons" centers around a recognition of who GOD is and the proper response to that recognition.

Throughout the Bible, when a person would see GOD's glory in some manifestation, there are consistently two responses:

  1. fear, and ...
  2. worship.

As I've explained in the article "What Does it Mean to Worship?," biblical worship is a very personal experience—something done individually, whether by ourselves or in the presence of others.

The lyrics of the song are based on Psalm 103.

Consider the beautiful promises of GOD as you read this psalm:

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
(Psalm 103:1-22 NIV)

GOD is good in life or death, health or sickness, prosperity or poverty, in the presence of nations or alone, with me or without me.

Praise the LORD O my soul!

Amen.

Video: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

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