Day 14 — 10,000 Reasons

One of my all time favorite worship songs is 10,000 Reasons.  It will be sung in many churches across the world today.  The focus here is on the AWE of God and the many reasons we have to praise him.

Here are the lyrics:

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

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

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

In his runaway bestseller The One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard recommends that leaders develop the practice of the “one-minute praising” in which they “catch them (their employees) doing something right.” We’re all used to bosses who catch us doing something wrong. How rare it is to be praised when we have done something well.

 Blanchard’s idea is to “catch them doing something right” and then give them a one-minute praising right on the spot. Don’t wait, he says, because waiting takes away the impact. Tell them right then, right there, how much you appreciate the good job they are doing.

This actually is more difficult that it appears. Most of us are better at criticism than at praise. We’re much better at “one-minute blaming” than “one-minute praising.” Many of us would do well to put this into practice this week.

 Catch someone doing something right. And praise them right on the spot. It could revolutionize your marriage, change the way you relate to your children, encourage those who report to you, and in general make you a much nicer person to be around.

Sometimes we need to give ourselves a good talking-to. That’s what Psalm 103 is all about. It’s a prayer by David in which he talks to his own soul and reminds himself to “bless the Lord” and “forget not all his benefits.”

Pastor Ray Pritchard asks, “I wonder how many of us could give God a “one-minute praising” for all his blessings? We’re sure good at telling the Lord what we want him to do for us. We need a good dose of Psalm 103 to wash out that complaining spirit and replace it with a heart of gratitude to the Lord.”

The song, 10,000 Reasons, finds its impulse and motivation from Psalm 103.

Spurgeon said, “there was too much in this Psalm for a thousand pens to write. It’s one of those all-comprehending Scriptures, which is a Bible unto itself, and it alone might almost suffice for the hymnbook of the church.”

If you don’t know where to begin, circle back to the beginning and take the advice of Ken Blanchard. Let’s do some “one-minute praising” this week.

Catch your spouse doing something right.

Catch your children doing something right.

Catch your friends doing something right.

Catch your pastor doing something right.

Catch you co-workers doing something right.

When you do, give them a “one-minute praising.”

That alone will do your soul good. Just focusing on the positive will lift your spirits. But then give God a “one-minute praising.” I know that sounds trite. But start there. Try praising the Lord for one minute without stopping. Do it every day for a week and see how it strengthens your heart and brings you closer to God.
Prayer Focus:
Lord, Help me to remember all your benefits.  Help me to praise You from sun up to sun down.  Help me to cultivate an attitude of gratitude as I worship Your Holy name.

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