Why do many churches debate the styles of worship. “Should our worship be contemporary or traditional?” But worship style is not what matters to God. The object of our worship and the depth and sincerity of our devotion matter.
When Satan tried to entice Jesus to bow down and worship him, he was not inviting him “to change his style of ‘worship’. Jesus responded by quoting Scripture, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” (Deut 6:13)
Worship is inward before being outward. Hypocritical worship occurs when the inner and outer disagree. Jesus rebuked religious people saying, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts” (Luke 16:15).
Meeting with God is basic to true worship. But if you want to meet with God, He sets the terms for the meeting. (Psalm 24:3-5).
No matter how well we sing songs of worship. Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
Honesty and integrity are non-negotiable pre-requisites to great worship. Acts of worship like singing, sacrificing, or performing rituals are detestable to God when not accompanied by honesty, love and obedience. (Amos 5:21-24; I Corinthians 13:1-8)