bless the lord oh my soul.

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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

 

 

On Wednesday I posted this picture and caption on Instagram. It was in a moment where I was deeply impacted by these words.  I still am.  But on Wednesday only our family knew about baby Gabriel and the weight that these words had on Tommy and me.

 

 

We sang this song at church on Sunday.  It’s Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons.  On Sunday I wasn’t planning to go to church.  Jack was sick, so we couldn’t take him.  But Tommy came up with a great plan for us to both go to a service.  So I sat in church in the back, by myself, and soaked it in.  At the end of the service we had communion and then sang this song.  And I thought the words were so true, and I remember thinking how I want this to be true for me.  Little did I know, just the next day I would be desperately saying these words.  With nothing in me being able to say it… but just pure faith that God would keep me singing.

 

On Tuesday morning when I woke up not knowing the severity of the problems our baby had, it was hard to say “whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes.”  And on Wednesday morning when I woke up and realized this was real, it was nearly impossible to say.  Because on Sunday when I sang that song, there was no real danger in it.  It was safe.  On Wednesday, “whatever may pass and whatever lies before me” meant definite loss.  I don’t know when it will come.  I don’t know how it will come.  But I know it will come.

 

The good news is that it’s not up to me to keep me singing.  If it were I probably wouldn’t be able to utter such words when my heart is so broken.  But thankfully God sustains us.  And while I may not have been able to physically utter such words, I still knew deep in my heart that it was true.  And that was my plea to God.  That HE will sustain us.  That He will keep us singing.  So over the past few days  I’ve prayed several times “Lord, keep us singing”.

 

And don’t even get me started on the last verse.  Now that I think about that time for Gabriel, I am overjoyed to think of Him praising God, but am so sad just looking at the lyrics.

 

 

10,000 Reasons

Matt Redman

 

(Chorus)
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

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

Chorus

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

Chorus

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

(Chorus x2)

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

 

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