10,000 Reasons

10,000 Reasons

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. (Philippians 4:12)

He is not just the God of our good times. He is the God of all times. Which means he’s also the God of our worst times.

He is not just God when we abound, as Paul writes in Philippians 4:12, but also when we are brought low. He is God when we have plenty to eat and when we experience hunger. He is God in our abundance and God in our need. He is God in any and every circumstance, and this is wonderfully good news — because life is so much more than just the good times.

Even and Especially the Bad Things

When Paul says in Romans 8:28 that “for those who love God, all things work together for good,” his point is not to persuade us that all the good things in our lives work for our good. We already believe that. It’s easy to imagine that the good things work for good.

The point is that even and especially “the bad things” in our lives, and our hardest of times, are being worked for our eternal good by our almighty and merciful Father.

To make sure we get the point, the next few verses list some of the worst possible things: tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword (Romans 8:35), even being put to death for the faith (Romans 8:36). Will these bad things, the greatest difficulties, the worst sufferings ultimately bring us down and work for our bad? “No,” he says, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

The Most Meaningful Moments

It is true that the good times in life are for singing, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” God means for us to worship his holy name when life is good, when the sun comes up, when a new day dawns. He wants us to sing in gratitude and praise when all is well and when it’s easy to see his kindness and love and patience and goodness. In the best of times, yes, we should be on the lookout for some of the ten thousand reasons we have for praising him.

But the times that we truly sing like never before are when the “whatever may pass” is hardest, and the “whatever lies before me” is most difficult. It’s in life’s toughest seasons, as we feel life’s greatest losses, that we learn to worship at new depths and with thicker, richer substance.

Life’s most meaningful moments and the seasons of most soul-stirring worship typically come not when life feels at its peak, but when our strength is failing, even when our end, or the end of a loved one, is drawing near. These are the times when we discover like never before that God truly is with us and transcends the blessings of this life and really is all we need.

We may have ten thousand reasons to praise him in the best times, but this one reason can suffice in the worst times: He is God. And no matter what else we lose, nothing can separate us from him.

I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)


Desiring God partnered with Shane & Shane’s The Worship Initiative to write short meditations for more than one hundred popular worship songs and hymns. The Worship Initiative is an online platform devoted to training musicians for songwriting and worship leading.

This meditation was written to accompany the song “10,000 Reasons” which is included in The Worship Initiative, Volume 1. Other meditations from Desiring God include:


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Watch us play Divekick and Threes, two indie games for Xbox One

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It’s like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we have a special double stream with two games and double the prizes to win! First up, we’ll be playing the humorous fighting game Divekick: Addition Edition from Iron Galaxy Studios. Then we’ll follow up with numerical puzzle game Threes from Hidden Variable Entertainment. Watch along and you could win one or both games!

Update: The stream has ended. Read on for my detailed impressions of both games, the list of contest winners, and the YouTube video replay (edited for entertainment value) of the stream!








Watch us play Divekick and Threes as we give out more than 30 codes tonight on Twitch

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It’s like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we have a special double stream with two games and double the prizes to win! First up, we’ll be playing the humorous fighting game Divekick: Addition Edition from Iron Galaxy Studios. Then we’ll follow up with numerical puzzle game Threes from Hidden Variable Entertainment. Watch along and you could win one or both games!

Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. After the stream ends, be sure to check back for the YouTube replay video and contest winners.








Yankees say they don’t plan to pay home run bonus to A-Rod (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez runs to first after hitting a solo homer in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 1, 2015. Rodriguez has now tied slugger Willie Mays with 660 career home runs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn’t plan to pay a $6 million bonus to Alex Rodriguez for his 660th home run. Cashman spoke Saturday before the Yankees played at Boston. On Friday night, Rodriguez hit No. 660, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list. The Yankees and A-Rod have a marketing agreement that calls for $6 million each for up to five achievements, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.


Bob Baffert’s 10-Year-Old Son Went Absolutely Nuts Watching American Pharoah Win

American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby in heart-palpitating fashion Saturday, surging past Firing Line in the final lengths and giving owner Bob Baffert his first victory at the marquee race since 2002.

Per usual, the Baffert clan watched the race en masse from the grandstands. They tend to be a well-dressed and excitable group, and in 2015, no one was more hyped or as GQ as Baffert’s 11-year-old son, Bode.

The Cauldron posted a Vine of Bode going ape-town over the final furlongs. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about anything:

That’s joy a well-oiled Wes Welker can’t even match. 

Dan is on Twitter. Never forget the Great Derby Welker of ’14.

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