Call to worship and prayer of praise

call to worship and prayer of praise

 

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from heaven,
you that live in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels,
all his heavenly armies.

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens,
and the waters above the sky.[a]

Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
He commanded, and they were created;
by his command they were fixed in their places forever,
and they cannot disobey.[b]

Praise the Lord from the earth,
sea monsters and all ocean depths;
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
strong winds that obey his command.

Praise him, hills and mountains,
fruit trees and forests;
all animals, tame and wild,
reptiles and birds.

Praise him, kings and all peoples,
princes and all other rulers;
young women and young men,
old people and children too.

Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
His name is greater than all others;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
He made his nation strong,
so that all his people praise him—
the people of Israel, so dear to him.

Praise the Lord– Psalm 148

The Church of England has this prayer added to this psalm —

O glorious God,

your whole creation sings your marvellous work;

may heaven’s praise so echo in our hearts

that we may be good stewards of the earth;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Common Worship: Daily Prayer

Click here for a prayer from a Presbyterian minister based on this psalm.

Here is a prayer based on this verse – “He commanded, and they were created;
     by his command they were fixed in their places forever,
    and they cannot disobey.” – verse 6 —

How we praise and thank You, heavenly Father, for all that You have created. Praise the Lord, for You are worthy of all honour from the heavens above and the earth beneath. Thank You for sending Jesus to be my Redeemer and thank You that He was willing to stretch out His arms of love for me – on the cross of Calvary. You alone are worthy of all honour and glory, for all that You are, all that You have done and all that You have promised to do. Thank You that the works of Your hand are established forever and Your decrees will not pass away. How I praise You that I will be part of that celestial chorus to honour You in the ages to come – in Jesus’ name, I pray, AMEN.

Here’s a combination call to worship/prayer of praise inspired by this psalm.  It was written by Joan Stott —

We gather to praise you O God,

for all the things we can see, and sometimes understand:

the sun, moon and stars; the clouds and changing weather:
We join in their eternal chorus of praise to God.

We gather to praise you, O God,

for all the things that we cannot see or understand:

all heaven’s angels, outer space; and the skies above us;
We join in their eternal chorus of praise to God.

We gather to praise you O God,

for all the things in life that we experience:

the created world, people of all ages and circumstances,

all God’s creations.
We join in their eternal chorus of praise to God:
whose name is glorious, and whose ways are holy. Amen.

This is not a ‘word of praise’ slapped onto whatever
       mess we are in at the moment. This crafted
       conclusion of the Psalms tells us that our prayers
       are going to end in praise, but that it is also
       going to take awhile. Don’t rush it. It may take
       years, decades even, before certain prayers arrive
       at the hallelujahs….Not every prayer is capped off
       with praise. In fact most prayers, if the Psalter
       is a true guide, are not. But prayer, a praying
       life, finally becomes praise. Prayer is always
       reaching towards praise and will finally arrive
       there. If we persist in prayer, laugh and cry,
       doubt and believe, struggle and dance and then
       struggle again, we will surely end up at Psalm 150,
       on our feet, applauding, “Encore! Encore!” – Eugene Peterson

 

Prayer, with repentance, is my heart with God’s

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With obedience comes victory – here lies the interplay between divine instruction and human strategy, success with failure, prayer with repentance and obedience with consecration. What an amazing scenario of the evidence of the tender and sacred relationship between God and I. Joshua’s story moves into that realm.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Take all the soldiers with you and go on up to Ai. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. I will give you victory over the king of Ai; his people, city, and land will be yours. – Joshua 8:1  GNT

When I face setbacks, I pray that I will lament openly before God and be quick to pray, to listen His word and to obey.

The idea of dropping to my knews and surrendering and to pray with all my heart comes from this verse.

Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
    test me, and discover my thoughts.
Find out if there is any evil in me
    and guide me in the everlasting way. – Psalm 139:23-24  GNT

When I have prayed this prayer, God has shown what my heart really looks like – it is never good. It is here, in my invitation to Him to probe, with the desire to be refined, that He reveals truth. Sometimes I have doubted if I really trust God – going through this experience is one of trust.

At the end of the day I want to answer, about Jesus, as Peter did.

Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

“Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:13-16  GNT

I come to prayer motivated to pray for others but knowing that God wants to be in touch with me – when I pray it is a time where my heart and God’s are in conversation.

For the ways he gives and sustains our physical life. For making us in his image, capable of knowing, loving, serving, enjoying him and other relationships; for preserving our lives thus far— bringing us through injuries and sicknesses so that we are alive today; for the supports and comforts that make our lives enjoyable, pleasant, and bearable; for the successes we have received, goals attained, and for the blessings we weren’t wise enough or capable of achieving but which he sent anyway. – Timothy Keller