This week for Thursday music 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman. This song is almost hymn-like, it has become a classic in its own time, and is loaded with Scripture, let’s have a look…
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
Straight away we are loaded with Psalms, Biblical songs of praise (among other things), Psalm 103.1, 40.3, 96.1-2.
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
Here we sing of the need to praise God all day, every day (Psalm 34.1, 113.3), and we sing of His loving kindness and that His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3.22-23).
You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
The fact that God is slow to anger is taught explicitly in Psalm 103.8, and by example in Amos 4.
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
Regardless of outer circumstance, even to the point of earthly physical death, praising God is still the right thing to do, as we read in Romans 14.8, Philippians 1.20, 2.17, and 1 Thessalonians 5.10.
This is just a brief look at a song so rich in Scripture, so rich in theology, and so rich in ear-catching music. Throughout the song God is glorified, God is shown to be good (Mark 10.18), and God is given His rightful place as the object of our worship.