Shortly after Russell and I joined Houston’s First Baptist Church in the summer of 2012, the worship team introduced a new song based on an old psalm, and I was hooked. I often find myself praising God throughout the day by singing out the lyrics to Matt Redman’s song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord). Read the original psalm with a focus on the blessing verses: 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… Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
The morning may start with singing on our lips, but it is only by intentionally reflecting on the many benefits of the Lord that praise can go forward in a non-delusional way, no matter what the day brings. May we still be joyfully singing God’s praises into the evening and beyond!