Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) said…

As the genuine religious impulse becomes dominant, adoration more and more takes charge. "I come to seek God because I need Him," may be an adequate formula for prayer. "I come to adore His splendour, and fling myself and all that I have at His feet," is the only possible formula for worship.

Ps 150: 1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

We pray regularly in our congregation. Besides the usual prayer of praise, worship and intercession on Sundays, we have an on-going prayer ministry. There are people who pray for the service before the Sunday morning service and people in need after the service. We have regular prayer meetings during the week where believers can come together and call upon the Lord.

We often realise when we pray together that our prayers easily degenerate into a list of requests. Of course it is part of prayer. Of course we must bring our needs and crises before the Lord. When we do this, we openly recognize that we cannot live without him. Only He can help. Only He can intervene in situations in which we can do nothing. I think our Father likes to hear what bothers us and that we need Him.

Psalm 150 concludes the Book of Psalms. The Psalter is divided into five books: Psalms 1-41; 42-72; 73-89; 90-106 and 107-150. Each book concludes with lavish praise. It is as if the editors of the Psalms wanted to say that it is fitting for every believer to praise the Lord. Sometimes we are on the crest of the wave. We thank Him for the good things. Sometimes we are in the dark depths of doubt (Ps 13, 22, 42, 77 and 88). Life has its ups and downs. However, when you discovered that God cared for you (Ps 23:1-3), and lead you through the darkest valleys, because He is with you, then there is only one option left: to stand in awe of Him.

That is what true worship is. AJ Gossip writes that thanksgiving is the language of heaven. If we do not want to be dumb aliens in eternity, we must begin to learn this language! Everything must praise Him and everything in us should praise Him. It is a language that we would do well to learn!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Eph 3:20-21)