DayBreaks for 12/06/12 – One Day
“And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
10,000 years and then forever more!
Bless the lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name.” 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman
These are the words to the last verse and chorus of Matt Redman’s song, 10,000 Reasons. I don’t know if there has been a song in my entire lifetime that has touched me as deeply and as often as this song has over the past two years.
My wife and I have been through a difficult past year. It hasn’t been easy. There were plenty of times when the darkness seemed to be settled in forever and it seemed that things were not going to work out. But, as always seems to be the case, they did and have.
But as I listened to this song again twice today, I was moved by the image of the moment of death and of waking up singing an unending song of praise for “…ten thousand years and then forever more.”
Perhaps you already start each of your days with praise (I have this song on my cell phone as my wake-up alarm, by the way!) Praise is a great way to start the day, isn’t it? But you know, you just know before your first foot hits the floor that it won’t be long until the first issue of the day arises. Until the first complaint leaves your mouth. Until the first bad attitude creeps in. Before the first unkind word is spoken. Before the cares, worries and problems of your day start to take control and the praise fades into a muffled background at best.
Now, for even just a few moments, I want you to think about something else. I want you to picture what it will be like some day to wake up and not have a single issue with which to contend. To not have a single complaint leave your lips – or even any reason to complain. To spend an unending day and never have or experience from others a bad attitude. To never hear an unkind word. To never have a relationship problem. To never fail, To never again have a self-image issue.
We think of the great promises of The Revelation: that death and dying will be no more, nor will there be any more tears. But how often do we think about all the myriad hundreds and thousands of little things that niggle and nag at us as we pass from our unconscious sleep until we fall into unconscious sleep again? Not only no death, but not a single ache. Not only no death, but no fear of death or cancer or heart disease or Alzheimer’s. Never to have a problem….period. Never to have a want that is unsatisfied. Never to long for something newer or better – for there will be no such thing as “better” than what we’ll have on that eternal day. We will live in an eternal “best”. One day.
PRAYER: How I long for that “one day”, Lord! For that day of unending songs of praise, for that day that will last 10,000 years and then…forevermore! Thank you for the hope, the assurance, of that one day! Maranatha, Lord Jesus! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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