Have you noticed the best new worship songs tend to be ones that ring with familiarity? Almost like you’ve sung those words before… I think that’s because there are threads of beautiful truths that have spanned the years of God-worship from Moses’ song in the wilderness, to the Psalms of David, to the heavenly songs recorded in Revelation, to the songs of the Church since the apostles. These same themes have been expressed in countless languages, melodies and styles. And the best new songs of today find fresh, creative ways of expressing the same timeless worship themes.
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman is that sort of song for me. As I sing it, there are lines that remind me of old hymns like Amazing Grace and there are lines that take me back to the kinds of psalms King David liked to write. There’s a certain richness to it. A richness that can only come from singing about 10,000 reasons that stretch back & forth for a 1,000 generations. I look forward to “blessing the Lord” again with you this week (what an incredible thought that we even can bless God!).
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Lifting my voice with yours, Pastor Neil