Psalm 103/10,000 Reasons

In 2011, English worship leader Matt Redman released a new album 10,000 Reasons, which was also the name of the title song.  The song “10,000 Reasons” quickly become a popular worship song around the world and a favorite song at Calvary.

Here is the official music video:

For our Summer of Psalms series, it is also worth watching the following video explaining how the song was written, as well as Redman’s comments about the inspiration for this song, Psalm 103:

Psalm 101

summer-psalms-web1In his commentary on the Psalms, Dr. Herbert Lockyer writes:

The Psalm before us teaches us that we never praise the Lord better than when we do those things which are pleasing in His sight.

Psalms:  A Devotional Commentary, Herbert Lockyer, Sr.

Psalm 97

summer-psalms-web1In a section on the theological implications of Psalm 97, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay writes:

Yhwh reigns.  Therefore Pharaoh or Sennacherib or Nebuchadnezzar or Cyrus or Caesar or Constantine or the Pope or George III or Hitler or the current British prime minister or the current American president do not reign.  Yhwh reigns.  Therefore Saul or David or Solomon or Rehoboam or Jeroboam or Hezekiah or Manasseh or Josiah do not reign.  Yhwh reigns.  Therefore the people of Britain or American do not reign.

The fact that Yhwh reigns is a worrying fact for people who think they reign.  It means, among other things, that ‘prayer is a subversive activity’ because ‘it involves a more or less open act of defiance against any claim of ultimacy by the current regime.’  But for people whom others pretend to reign over; the fact that Yhwh reigns is good news.  It is noteworthy that the themes of joy/gladness and faithfulness are ‘unifying features’ of Psalm 97.

“Psalm 97 Yhwh Began to Reign:  Earth Is to Rejoice,” Psalms Volume 3: Psalms 90-150, John Goldingay

Psalm 95

summer-psalms-web1This Sunday Jim is preaching on Psalm 84, which was part of our Summer of Psalms readings for last week.  Psalm 95 has a similar theme — that God is good.

As we prepare for the service tomorrow, this video based on on Psalm 95 helps to remind us that preparing for the Sunday service should include recalling all that God has done for us this week so that we can praise his name together in the assembly.  Let’s come prepared to worship the one who is worthy of our praise.

All is well,

Psalm 88

summer-psalms-web1Following is a choral performance by the Psalm Choir of the Protestant Reformed Church in America.  They are singing Psalm 88, Psalter 240 titled “An Outpouring of Sorrow” from their CD “Fitting Praises Volume 6.”

Psalm 75 – Halfway!

summer-psalms-web1We are halfway through the Psalms!

We hope that the Summer of Psalms has been an encouragement.  We have enjoyed reading them as a family as over and over we have heard David tell us to praise God for his amazing kindness to us.  We are reminded to praise God for salvation and rescue, for his creation and for life.

Again today, Psalm 75:1 calls us to praise God with David:

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.

Does it ever feel redundant?  Spurgeon calls us not to neglect praise:

We should praise God again and again. Stinted gratitude is ingratitude. For infinite goodness there should be measureless thanks.

Charles Spurgeon, A Treasury of David, Volume 1

If you have not been reading along with us yet, join in and finish the second half of the Psalms with us.

All is well,


“God Told Me” Summer Special

GTM-summerspecialJim’s book, God Told Me: Learning to Listen to Guidance from God is being offered as part of the Summer Special $1.99 eBooks promotion for one week only, July 15-21.

Primary availability is at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CBD.  Other booksellers may also have copies to distribute.  We hope you can take advantage of this deal … and be blessed by the book!

Psalm 73

summer-psalms-web1Following is a “spoken word” performance of Psalm 73. While it is an urban performance of the Psalm and probably quite different than you have heard it read before, it is very powerful and relevant.

We hope you enjoy it!