Perhaps it is time to change the way we think and talk about worship. We need a bigger view of worship as something that extends beyond what we sing, say, and an activity we do in church, to how we live our lives outside the four walls.
Let’s not try to “turn on” worship in church when our lives contradict our songs. “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
David said, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:16-17)
Nothing is discovered about the greatness of worship by hearing people sing.
Music and liturgy can assist and even express a worshiping heart, but they cannot make a non-worshiping heart into a worshiping one. The danger is that they can give a non-worshiping heart the sense of having worshiped, and never changing!