10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
|"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"|
|Single by Matt Redman|
|from the album 10,000 Reasons|
|Genre||Worship, contemporary Christian music|
|Songwriter(s)||Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman|
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" is a worship song is co-written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin and was first recorded by Matt Redman for his 10,000 Reasons album, released in 2011 on Kingsway Music, and subsequently included on a number of compilations, covered by other artists and included as congregational worship music in English or in translation around the world. In 2013, the song won two Grammy Awards for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Song" and "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance". After the song's success and impact, Redman also published a book: 10,000 Reasons: Stories of Faith, Hope, and Thankfulness Inspired by the Worship Anthem.
The song is a contemporary version of a classic worship song making the case for "10,000 reasons for my heart to find" to praise Jesus. The inspiration for the song came through the opening verse of Psalm 103: "Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name". It is also based on the 19th century English hymn "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" written by Henry Francis Lyte.
Redman recalled the writing of the song was through an initial idea or suggestion from co-writer Jonas Myrin. Redman told Worship Leader magazine: "He [Myrin] played me an idea for some of the chorus melody, and I found it immediately inspiring. In fact, it felt like a perfect fit for a song based on the opening of Psalm 103. The song came together really quickly – a good chunk of the song was actually a spontaneous moment", adding that the song reiterates how "we live beneath an unceasing flow of goodness, kindness, greatness, and holiness, and every day we're given reason after reason why Jesus is so completely and utterly worthy of our highest and best devotion".
The song enumerates various attributes of the love of God for mankind that makes him worthy of worship for "ten thousand years and then forevermore" and "unending praise".
The refrain says:
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
A music video was filmed in a church setting in Berlin, Germany. The black and white video, filmed by Andy Hutch of Yodo Creative in 2012, shows Redman singing and playing the guitar accompanied by an acoustic music band and a number of backing vocalists.
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" was released in 2012 as a single and spent 16 weeks at the top spot on Christian Radio and remained No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs Chart for 13 weeks and was certified gold. The album containing the song as its title track peaked in its own right on the US Christian Album chart at No. 1. and No. 149 on the UK charts.
|Billboard US Christian Songs||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||103|
|US Top Heatseekers||11|
In 2013, Redman and Myrin won two Grammy Awards for "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" in both Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance categories.
The song also won in 2013 Gospel Music Association's "Dove Award for Song of the Year" during the 44th GMA Dove Awards. Redman also won the "Contemporary Christian performance of the year" for his performance of the song during the same event.
The song has been covered by a number of artists and bands including:
- Irish worship band, Rend Collective Experiment, in their 2013 album Campfire.
- Contemporary Christian music group The Katinas in their 2014 album Sunday Set, accompanied by a music video
- The vocal quintet Veritas in their self-titled 2014 album Veritas
- The Christian reggae band Christafari in their 2015 album Anthems. Their version features additional vocals by Avion Blackman. The release was accompanied by a music video.
The song has been translated into a number of languages. It was recorded in Spanish as "10,000 Razones" by Evan Craft in an acoustic version in his 2012 album Yo Soy Segundo. and in German as "Zehntausend Gründe" ("10,000 Gründe") by the German Christian band Outbreakband and recorded on their album Das ist unser Gott, a live album performed at the Glaubenszentrum Bad Gandersheim.
Matt Redman co-authored with Craig Borlase the book 10,000 Reasons (full title 10,000 Reasons: Stories of Faith, Hope, and Thankfulness Inspired by the Worship Anthem). In the 176-page book published in 2017 by David C Cook Publishing Company, and a foreword written by Christian author Max Lucado, Redman shares details behind the song's creation and explores the influences and experiences the song generated with many vivid examples of inspiring stories, experiences and testimonies by individuals in their greatest time of need.
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