"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

10,000 Reasons

Twice over the past few weeks, Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) has spoken very clearly to me. The interesting part is that it has been for totally different reasons and from various lyrics in the song. The messages have been more than superficial and have created significant reflection. I wanted to share a few thoughts of each and encourage you to take a listen to this beautifully written worship song through the video link below.

Earlier today, I started out on my weekly long training run.  I chose the ‘My Favorites’ playlist in shuffle mode as my soundtrack, and queued up first was this song.  My initial thought was that it was a great way to start off a Sunday morning. But it was less than a minute in when verse one hit me as it has so many times before.

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

What an incredible first verse.  At this pre-dawn moment, the light of day was just about to break through - perfect timing!  More importantly, these words were a reminder to give thanks for allowing yet another attempt to honor Him with my day.  A chance to sing His song at least once more.  Regardless of the highs or lows of this day, I will continue the singing until it comes to a close. 

As for a running analogy, what a great encouragement to the 15 miles ahead. The first mile is always a new dawning.  There are many things that might happen over the next few hours. I just want to be singing and enjoying this run on the final foot strike. Makes me think of the recent Ryan Hall and Wesley Korir interviews and their singing along miles 15 - 20!

In addition to this morning’s episode, a second encounter with this song actually helped to bring about some needed closure.  It was a few weeks back in a ROCC worship service. Thoughts of our friend Chris, who had passed away earlier this year, had been consuming me the past few months.  Despite our close friendship and the memories of great times we had experienced back in school, I never thought it would be so difficult to get over his death.  But for a long while I had been putting off a follow-up letter to his family, waiting until I had assurance about the the timing and message.  Waiting until I could shake the deep sadness that I felt anytime I thought about him and his family. So, as we were singing Redman’s song, it became crystal clear that it was time.  The third verse says:

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
Wow! Just to think that Chris has just over 9,999 years (and forevermore) to continue singing His praise.   I know we will be joining him soon. In that there is hope and peace of spirit. It’s all good. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this song. May you find encouragement or enlightenment from it. I know that I have discovered that even though I have 10,000 reasons for running, I also have 10,000 reasons for worshipping our Lord and Savior. Bless the Lord O my soul, O my soul.  

Click on the video image to hear 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman

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