Do you know who we are all singing to? I asked.
God! He replied.
How cool is that? It was a really incredible moment for me as the church sang out 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman and I was holding my son. 10,000 reasons? At that moment, I only needed one. God gave this awesome kid to me!
Can we really even put a number on the reasons we have to praise him? The song of course isn't declaring that there are only 10,000 reasons, but uses the large number rather as a point of consideration. Can you spend the next few moment and write down 10,000 reasons why God is to be praised? Where do we even start? For me on Sunday, it started right where I was: holding my son in worship. Singing praises together with him.
In Psalm 34:1-2, David says "I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will continually be on my lips. My soul will make its boast in the Lord." I want to be able to say that. Not just to let the words come from my lips. For the words to pour from my heart.
As we sang together, my son and I, the third verse struck me in a new and personal way.
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 forever more
As I held my son, praising with him, the thought occurred to me that the one day my time with him will come to an end. This vision of my son being lost to my arms entered my mind. Do I believe in these words that I sing? Do I believe that I will continue in worshiping God? My eyes blurred with tears as I had feelings of sorrow and loss. But as the tears choked my voice I felt as well the joy of knowing God's incredible love for me. Only a whisper came... "still my soul will sing your praise unending".
Worshiping with the kid gave me a different view. And then I wondered... why don't I do this more often?
worship Him 24/7...