Simply put, there are countless reasons to praise the Lord. Endless. They outnumber the grains of sand and the stars in the sky. No matter your circumstances or the uncertainty of life in this moment, the reasons to sing His praise are never-ending. There will never cease to be countless reasons to bless the Lord, never. He is good. That alone deserves praise. He forgives our sin and removes its dark stain from us. Bless the Lord. He is our healer. He is our redeemer. He embodies love and compassion. Bless the Lord. Never stop singing His praises. He satisfies our desires. Bless the Lord. He is righteous and just and upholds those who would walk in His ways. 10,000 reasons and more to bless the Lord, oh my soul.
Take a moment and read Psalm 103. Written within are the inspired words of King David, offering numerous reasons in this one Psalm alone to bless the Lord and to praise His name. How many reasons can you find here? Which one in particular are you clinging to today with all that you have? Bless the Lord; praise His name today.
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.
Amazing, isn’t it? Countless reasons are given to praise the Lord. In the midst of your struggle, when life is hard, while sorrows abound, when hope seems to have failed…bless the Lord. He remains. He is faithful. He is constant. He will never leave you or forsake you. He’ll forgive you. Won’t you come to Him? Won’t you bless the Lord today?
I’d like to invite you to end your time with me here today by watching this video. Worship leader, Matt Redman, leads over 60,000 students before the throne in worship to his song “10,000 Reasons”. When the Lord returns, I want to be found praising Him like this for the countless reasons He’s given you and I to worship Him…forever.
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) Live@Passion 2012 – Matt Redman
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