A few weeks ago, I got to lead one of my favorite worship songs- 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Matt Redman.
I didn't fully understand the hype behind this song at first. Sure, there's a catchy piano hook, it's very singable in church, and there is a lot of truth in it, but for some reason it wasn't hitting home with me. Maybe I just got tired of it being overplayed. Who knows?
But, one day I sat down, pulled out my guitar, and just started praying through the lyrics. It was amazing how the Lord spoke to me during this song.
This song perfectly demonstrates how worship is more than a song. It's how you live your life. Worship is a CHOICE. Every. Single. Day.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. - Romans 12:1
The very first verse of the song opens up with: "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." Wow. Did you get that? This verse shows us that worship is choosing to wake up everyday with His song on our heart. No matter what happens in our day; no matter what season we are going through. We will still sing when the evening comes. Dang.
Verse 2 describes the many attributes of God and why he deserves praise. "You're rich in love and You're slow to anger. Your name is great and Your heart is kind." It is because of His goodness that we sing. This is a beautiful reminder that even when we don't feel like singing, there's no denying that God is love, that He is merciful, and that His heart is kind. When we are reminded of these attributes, we cannot help but turn to Him and worship.
The final verse is my favorite. "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." Isn't that the ultimate goal of a life spent in worship? That with our final breath we choose to praise God for all He's done. THAT, my friends, is worship.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103: 1-5