Daily Devotional

10,000 reasons

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Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits.

- Psalm 103:1-2 (NRSV)

One morning I heard a song that mentions having 10,000 reasons to bless the Lord. As I listened, I asked myself,

Do I have 10,000 reasons to be grateful?

I began to think about the blessing of waking up to a new day and the blessings of my children, wife, parents, siblings, in-laws, and church family. I thought about the homes I have lived in, the clothes I have worn, and the other provisions I have enjoyed throughout my life. I thought about how each day is filled with at least one of these blessings. Waking up yesterday was a blessing just as waking up today is a new gift and blessing from God.

I began to count my reasons to be thankful. At 39 years of age, I have 365 days multiplied by 39 years of waking each morning — 14,235 reasons to praise God! Add to that over 16 years of marriage and the blessing of having my two parents present for my entire life. As I considered all my days without accidents, days with my children, days with my best friend, and days with grandparents, in-laws, and siblings, my heart has found well over 10,000 reasons to bless the Lord’s holy name. Each day God is merciful and gracious in new ways.

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