Songs & Scripture: “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” (Matt Redman)

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This is my third post on my personal Bible study using worship songs as a way to learn my Bible better.  “10,000 Reasons” is a song incredibly rich with Scripture, and although I’m not the first to do this with this song, for me it was an excellent exercise to dig for more Scripture that is related to this song. Some of the phrases just pop up all over the place (“rich in love, slow to anger” is repeated in at least 5 psalms alone, so I did not add them all), but please let me know if you think of verses I’ve missed!

Verse 1
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again  (Psalm 113:3Lamentations 3:22-23)
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me (Psalm 34:1)
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Chorus
Bless the Lord, O my soul  (Psalm 103)
O my soul
Worship His holy name (Psalm 29:2)
Sing like never before (Psalm 96:1)
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Verse 2
You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger  (Exodus 34:5-7, Psalm 103:8, Joel 2:13)
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind  (Psalm 118:29, Hosea 11:4)
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing (Psalm 135:3)
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Chorus

Verse 3
And on that day when my strength is failing (Psalm 73:26, Isaiah 40:30-31)
The end draws near and my time has come (Romans 14:8)
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending (Revelation 5:9)
Ten thousand years and then forevermore  (Psalm 86:12)

Note: credit goes to this post for starting me on these references!

With love,

Lauren

Shareworthy: “Making time for God” (Blimey Cow)

Every so often I’m going to post something that I feel like deserves to be passed along, posts I’m going to label “Shareworthy.”

Today, I’m sharing a video made by “Blimey Cow” on the Christian-ese term “making time for God.” I love it when humor opens up our hearts to truth, and I’ll warn you, this video will do that.

I love this: “Your real life is your spiritual life, and both are going to be awful until you realize that they’re not separate things.”

 

With Love,

Lauren

Songs & Scripture: “Before the Throne” (Charitie Lee Smith/Bancroft)

This is my second post on my “Songs & Scripture” personal study of worship songs and the Bible verses they’re based on.

I find myself singing this hymn whenever I remember how much I’ve messed up. How I am thankful for the Irish woman who wrote it so long ago (1863)! Her name was Charitie Lee Smith, also known as Charitie Lee Bancroft, and not much is known about her except that she was most likely widowed twice and first titled this hymn as “The Advocate.” I rather like that title more.

Before the Throne

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea: (Hebrews 4:15-16)
A great High Priest, whose name is Love, (Hebrews 4:141 John 4:16)
Who ever lives and pleads for me. (Hebrews 7:25)

My name is graven on His hands, (Isaiah 49:16)
My name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart (Romans 8:1Romans 8:34)
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair, (Luke 22:31-32)
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there (Acts 7:55-56)
Who made an end to all my sin. (Colossians 2:13-14)

Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free; (John 8:36Galatians 5:1)
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me (Romans 3:23-261 John 2:2)
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there, the Risen Lamb (Isaiah 53:5-7John 1:29Revelation 5:6)
My perfect, spotless righteousness, (1 Corinthians 1:301 Peter 1:18-19)
The great unchangeable I am, (Exodus 3:14Isaiah 48:12John 8:58Hebrews 13:8)
The King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself I cannot die (Romans 6:5-9Romans 14:81 John 4:9)
My soul is purchased by His blood (Acts 20:281 Corinthians 6:201 Peter 1:18-19Revelation 5:9-10)
My life is hid with Christ on high, (Colossians 3:3)
With Christ, my Savior and my God (Titus 2:13)
With Christ, my Savior and my God

Note: credit goes to this post for starting me off of these references!

With Love,

Lauren

Songs & Scripture: “You Are My Portion” (Darrell Evans)


“The antidote for worry is worship.”

~quoted by Pastor Milton Campbell, The Midtown Bridge Church, Atlanta, GA, original source unknown

This song has blessed me in times of great anxiety and worry, and it has been playing over and over in my head this week as my pastor has been preaching out of Matthew 6. It’s an oldie but a goodie! There is a ton of Scripture hidden in these lyrics, I’ve tried to tease out the most obvious.

(sorry, the lyric video was taken down, but this man does a really great rendition!)

You Are My Portion (by Darrell Evans)

Father I will not worry about tomorrow or all of its questions (Matthew 6:34)
Father I will just trust you (Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 3:5, Jeremiah 17:7-8)
And I will be waiting for treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20)

My heart is with you for there my treasure lies (Matthew 6:21, Matthew 13:44)
My eyes are on you for you are my delight (Matthew 6:22-23, Hebrews 12:1-2)

(chorus)

Though I may not wear the garments of princes (Matthew 6:29-30)
You are my portion (x2) (Psalm 16:5, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 119:57, Psalm 142:5, Lamentations 3:24)
For you clothe me in your righteousness (Isaiah 61:10, Romans 13:12-14, Galatians 3:27, Revelation 3:18)
You are my portion (x2)
Though I may not sit at the table of kings (2 Samuel 9:13)
You are my portion (x2)
For you feed me from the abundance of your hand (Psalm 23:5, Ezekiel 3:3)
You are my portion
You are my portion, Lord

(bridge)

My everything, you meet my every need (Philippians 4:19)
You cover me (Ruth 3:9, Psalm 91:4)
And make me be at peace (John 14:27, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Thessalonians 3:16)

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Maybe you’re worried because you haven’t been worshipping. If so, I pray the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart & your mind in Christ Jesus today. He is our Peace.

With love,

Lauren