10,000 Reasons

I had a hard time coming up with wedding music for our ceremony.

There's so much great music out there, and fantastic musical pieces that it seems like everyone uses for their wedding day. When I was probably 12 I knew I wanted to use Canon in D and Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring. By the time I turned 27 and was 3 months engaged, I had started to rethink my plan and wanted something a little different, something not many people have used. Something that was special to me and Jeff.

Easier said than done!

We listened to countless songs. I offered quite a few as suggestions to my dad (who married us) and mom for their input. I began to get discouraged and thought maybe I would need to fall back on my original plan.

And then we heard it. We'd heard it plenty of times. It's always on Christian radio. But we really listened to it, found some beautiful instrumental versions and even found the "how this song was born" video. Matt Redman's song 10,000 Reasons became our wedding song. If you haven't heard it yet, you need to listen to it. It's a wonderful rendition of the Psalmists' words. And it fit our wedding spirit so perfectly.

I remember riding with Jeff to my parents' before our wedding, in the midst of our wedding song drama. We had heard 10,000 Reasons on the radio on the drive and I remembered how I wanted to look up the guitar chords to see if I could play it (I have very limited guitar capabilities). Of course I found a bunch of YouTube videos of it and we couldn't get enough. We shut off the radio and listened to my phone play the videos as we sang along. I told Jeff how much I loved that song and that it could work as a song to walk in to for the wedding. Jeff kind of laughed and told me that was something he loved about me. He said I had just chosen a song that was all about praising God and blessing Him for the blessings He gave us in each other. He said he loved that I just wanted to praise God, even while walking toward him down the aisle. We had found our winner.

Between our pianist and two guitar players, 10,000 Reasons sounded incredible at our wedding. It still brings me a sense of peace and calm whenever I hear it on the radio. It takes me back to how I felt walking toward Jeff and back to that conversation in the car. I can't help but think about how much God has blessed me with a man after His own heart first and foremost. That song is such a great way to praise and worship the God of the Universe, who so desires a relationship with us that he offered his Son to die for our sin. I can think of no better way to bring glory to the God who raised Jesus from the dead after three days to bring us life forever than to say, "bless the Lord, oh my soul!"

One line in the song says, "sing like never before, oh my soul, worship His holy name." I believe my soul was singing like never before on my wedding day and I look forward to other milestone days where my soul will continue to praise its Maker! Thank you, Matt Redman, for such a powerful and meaningful song!

Oh, and Canon in D and Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring made the cut, as prelude and recessional music!
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