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Jan 2012

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. – Psalm 103:1-5

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever! – Psalm 30:11-12

Last Sunday we introduced a song to our Sunday gathering entitled 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin. It is featured on the 10,000 Reasons album by Matt Redman. Inspired by Psalm 103:1-22, this modern hymn speaks of how there are (even much more than) 10,000 reasons for our soul to bless the Lord, and encourages us to respond greatly to the greatness of our God. If this passage of scripture sounds familiar, it’s because we looked in depth at Psalm 103:1-22 this past summer when we sang Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, by Joachim Neander. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), like the Psalm it is based on, reminds us of the joy that comes from encouraging our souls to praise the Lord:

This encouraging of ourselves was seen before in Psalm 103:1-22 as David encouraged his soul to speak wonderful things about the Lord, and to meditate on all of the great benefits that He had bestowed upon him. Our aim in worship must be the same. We should always be striving to exhort our souls to enjoy God with all that we are, and to meditate on His goodness and the benefits that He has given to us. Our praise to the Lord should be total – giving God our all in our worship. May our thoughts meditate on His goodness; may our mouths speak of His grace towards us, and may our hearts enjoy the rest and satisfaction that only He can give to our souls. – Rayshawn Graves from Praise to the Lord, the Almighty: Amen: Verse 5

Here are the lyrics:

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

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

For further information on the story behind the album 10,000 Reasons, and the song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), check out the video below by Matt Redman. You can also purchase and download the song by clicking here. I pray that thinking and singing about the benefits of God’s goodness toward us will make us eager to bless his holy name!



Best song ever, brings me to tears, encouraging, comfort and strength for the day.

March 15 2013 Reply

Just love this song and is such a blessing throughout the days.

Mitchell Marr

March 20 2013 Reply

I didn’t know that this beautiful song came from Psalm 103, until today when I was reading Psalm 103 and the song came into my head. What a talent to be able to write a beautiful song about our Lord, Jesus Christ.


June 12 2014 Reply

Hi.. I’m new to Richmond, from the west coast, and I love this song. In the church I was apart of there last year, we would play this song on a regular basis. It is one of my favorites, and I’m glad you’ve found it and introduced in to the Church here. I’m going to be coming to your Sunday gathering either this coming Sunday or the next. Peace and Love

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