Let Me Be Singing When The Evening Comes

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
(Matt Redman, 2011).

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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I was singing this wonderful worship song from the Sunday before Asa was born til the Friday he was born; it consumed my heart and my thoughts, and I found myself constantly humming or singing it. We sang it in the Communion and worship service so powerfully the Sunday before he came in to this world, followed by an awesome sermon by Matt Lewis – I can still feel it in my bones! It was about, in part, healing, and I remember choosing to worship God for who He is & not what He had or hadn’t done. ML said that if God doesn’t heal then He has something better in store – God’s ways are better than our ways and He knows what He’s doing. I remember secretly thinking that our baby probably had DS and that God was able to fully restore our baby if that was His will, but equally, that He might not…and I decided to praise God anyway. Looking back, I had quite a few gentle whisperings that our unborn baby would have DS, but at the time I didn’t ever firmly acknowledge the possibility. It’s often only in hindsight that we can see the hand of God in our life – and ‘get it’.

If you wish to listen to Matt’s sermon, you can find it here. The part about healing comes just over a third of the way in to the sermon, but I’d recommend listening to the whole thing – why not grab a cuppa or put it on while doing some housework?!

Oh, I’ll be honest with you all, when we had the DS diagnosis confirmed, I begged God to heal and restore Asa – I’m no saint – and He has in some ways, like his heart, the infections he had & I think his hearing probably would have been worse if it wasn’t for our Healer intervening after my sobbing prayers, but alas his DS remains.

This song, above, is so precious to me – whatever life throws at us, His people, let us still be singing His praises at the start & end of each day, acknowledging His goodness despite difficult circumstances… Worship His Holy name!

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