The title of this post is from the song, “10, 000 reasons (Bless the Lord),” written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin. I love the song and it has become an anthem for me in all seasons. When things are going well, it is a shout of jubilation. In challenging times, it becomes an instruction, a commitment, and a prayer.
I sang the song during my quiet time today and, conscious that 2018 is still in its infancy and much is unknown, the words below became a plea:
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes
“When the evening comes.” “When the evening comes,” not if.
Evening, as in painful seasons.
Evening, as in periods of distress and confusion.
Evening, as in periods of shattering loss and aching grief.
As we can be certain that evening hours will come in the (approximately) 24 hours of each day, we can be certain that the evenings of life will come to each of us.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth,” said the psalmist-king David (Psalm 34:1, AMP). “All times,” including evenings, as defined earlier. What makes this form of consistent praise possible? Two sources come to mind:
- Consistent praise is possible when we base our praise to God on His character, not on our emotions or circumstances. Our emotions and circumstances can change in seconds but our God is unchanging. When we praise Him because of who He is, we can praise Him, with the grace He gives, in all seasons.
- Consistent praise is possible when we make the decision to praise Him, regardless. Note, David said “I will bless the Lord at all times” (emphasis added). “Will” is defined, in part as, the power to decide or control emotions or actions, and, a particular person’s decision or choice (merriam-webster.com). David made the decision to praise God at all times. We can do the same. Praising Him at all times is one of “all things” we can do through Christ.
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” (Philippians 2:13, AMP)
Because of this truth, “Whatever may pass, And whatever lies before” us, we can be singing “when the evening comes.”
“O my soul, come, praise the Eternal with all that is in me—body, emotions, mind, and will—every part of who I am— praise His holy name” (Psalm 103:1, VOICE).