“10,000 Reasons” (Ready to Worship S7E4)

Ready to Worship Season 7, Episode 4 for Friday, February 9, 2018

On this season of Ready to Worship, we are examining songs that prepare our hearts for worship.  In past podcasts, we examined a couple of old favorites. In this podcast, we are going to examine a newer song. It is called 10,000 reasons. It has quickly become one of my favorites. 

Transcript

On this season of Ready to Worship, we are examining songs that prepare our hearts for worship.  In past podcasts, we examined a couple of old favorites. In this podcast, we are going to examine a newer song. It is called 10,000 reasons. It has quickly become one of my favorites. Realizing that not everyone is familiar with the words, let me share them with you:

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 singingWhen the evening comes

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

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

I think that you will agree that we have 10,000 reasons to praise God. 

Do you remember the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant? In that parable, a man owed the king ten thousand talents (Mt. 18:23-35).  It was a debt that he would never be able to pay. It was a debt that would have taken the whole land of Palestine more than ten years to pay. Yet, when the man asked for mercy, the king did the unthinkable and forgave the debt. That man had ten thousand reasons to praise God, but he didn’t. That man represents us and the debt that we owed God because of our sins. When we repented and were baptized, God forgave our debt (Acts 2:38). When God did so, He gave us ten thousand reasons to praise Him. 

No doubt, you are familiar with the song, Ten Thousand Angels. The song is based on a statement that Jesús made to Peter just before His death. He said, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Mt. 26:53). Jesús could have called ten thousand angels, but He didn’t. He went to the cross. I believe that you will agree that Jesus’ restraint gives us ten thousand more reasons to praise God. 

As we get ready to worship this week, let’s think of all of the reasons we have to praise God. For sure, there are ten thousand reasons for our hearts to find.

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