June 30, 2014

Ten Thousand Reasons

Psalm 103:1-12

Praise the LORD, my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
—Psalm 103:1


Psalm 103 is a song of praise to God for all the benefits and blessings he gives us every day. The psalmist describes many reasons for praising God. The God we serve forgives our sins. He promises to heal all our diseases when he returns. He has redeemed us, crowns us with love and compassion, and assures us that his love is “from everlasting to everlasting” for “those who fear him,” who give God all the honor that is due him.

As New Testament Christians we can add to the reasons we have to praise our God. This month we’ve met the risen Savior. We’ve been able to hear him speak to us in Scripture, and we’ve been reassured that death has been swallowed up in victory. We’ve seen how God wants to use us here on earth to build his kingdom until he comes again. And we’ve received a preview of what lies ahead when all creation will be restored and God himself will make all things new.

As the song “Ten Thousand Reasons” puts it, “For all your goodness I will keep on singing/ Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.”

What are some reasons you can think of to praise the one true God, the Lord of heaven and earth? In what ways has God worked in your life and in the lives of people you know? Make sure you take the time to praise the Lord today and every day!

Lord our God, fill us with your praises now and forevermore. We praise your holy name, and we thank you. In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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