Matt Redman’s song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) blasted onto the worship scene in 2013 and quickly found it’s way into the set list of worship leaders around the world. In his writing, Redman takes a very hymn – like approach to this song. He shares timeless refrains, which allows the rhythm and words to become almost immediate familiar, even when you haven’t heard it before. He paints a picture of the journey of life with the constant element being the Lord and His praise.
There is also something very theologically profound going on in this hymn Just consider the opening lines of the first verse:
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawningIt’s time to sing Your song again
This verse is not sung as a way of claiming it is time to sing my song of praise to God again. Instead, the words are meant as a way of addressing God and declaring an intention of singing “Your song.” What is God’s song that we should be singing?
All of creation is God’s song.
So this is the song that we wake up in every morning but we live in a world that rarely seems like a great harmonious love song.
For us, the Church, to sing Jesus’ song loud with our lives is no easy task. To be able to sing this love song is beyond our power: it requires God’s grace. So Redman followed the idea of our intention “to sing Your song” with the prayer:
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before meLet me be singing when the evening comes
Anticipating the singers own demise in the last verse (And on that day when my strength is failing/ The end draws near and my time has come), show us that the disciple’s call is to sing God’s song today, tomorrow and forever. Death can not silence it. This is our hope, that God will sustain us for ten thousand years and then for evermore we will continue singing the hymn of praise at His feet.
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