And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
So great is His mercy toward 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 pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.[a]
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
And His kingdom rules over all.
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
I’ve been wanting to sing a song as a special for months. I’ve been waiting on my son to learn it on guitar to accompany me. The name of the song is 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman.
10,000 Reasons…can you list that many? Or more? I wonder if we started a list of things to worship Him for just how many we could list? Psalm 118 starts that list for us…He forgives our iniquities, He heals our diseases, He saves us from destruction, He crowns us with loving kindness and mercy, He satisfies our mouths with good things, and the list goes on…
Can we list 10,000 reasons to sing praise to Him?
I keep going over the lyrics of this song. One line in the chorus catches my eyes.
“Sing like never before, O my soul.”
10,000 reasons to praise Him and every time I left my voice to praise Him I should sing like I’ve never sang His praises before. I should sing unto Him a new song. (Psalm 96) I should praise Him with a refreshed, over-flowing spirit.
Why? How can one person who has been a Christian for many years be that excited about Christ every day?
His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23) Shouldn’t our praise reflect that?