BEHIND THE SONG: “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

PSALM 103 – 1 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:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – lyrics

Chorus 1

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

Verse 1

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

Verse 2

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Verse 3

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

Misc 1

(ENDING)
Worship Your holy name
Lord I’ll worship Your holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name

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While preparing to record his latest album, Matt Redman and friend, Jonas Myrin, sat down together and wrote what Redman calls “one of the fastest songs he’s ever been a part of writing”.  The song was “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” and was written in just an hour.  “10,000 Reasons” would later become the title cut off the album.

The song’s genesis was the melody of the current chorus (written by Myrin) and the verses were added later by Redman.  Though the song was written in under an hour, Redman doesn’t see that as a negative thing.

“…sometimes songs take so long to write, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing…I think its a good thing to work hard and learn your craft. You learn to shape things, polish things, and remold things.  But now and again its good when things drop in your lap.”

The Psalmist was a deep inspiration for Redman: “if you wake up one day and you cant think of a reason to praise Him, there is something wrong with your spiritual outlook.”

In my congregation, this song brings a unique freshness to our worship services.  This song is a little “folksy” in its style, yet modern in its progression.  We can open with this song, or sing it as a response.  It can be a choir anthem, or a solo sung by a child or senior adults.  Variety of uses within a song is a true sign of music drenched in the Word and one that will last for years to come.

“For all Your goodness I will keep on singing, 10,000 reasons for my heart to find.”

Here is the “New Song Cafe” video

Check out the official video to the song here:

Download a free lead sheet to this song at MattRedman.com.  Find the album on iTunes and amazon.

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