Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith; having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. HEBREWS 10:22
At the end of the day, it is the heart that God is after. That’s why the Pharisees were so offensive to Christ. They had all their religious ducks in a row; they fasted, tithed, gave to the poor, memorized the scriptures, offered the right sacrifices and sang the right songs. The only problem was a real deal breaker, their hearts were not engaged in their actions. Jesus often told them that they worshipped God with their lips but their hearts were far from Him. That is the worst form of hypocrisy and the greatest insult to God. Think about it; the eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God is so astounding that words cannot describe Him. To worship Him casually (or formally) without passion is the worst kind of sin imaginable. It is insulting the Creator of all things. Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray on the true heart of worship.
“Turning to God with a sincere heart full of love, faith, and trust is the best form of prayer, even without words. A prayer that does not come from the heart is like a prayer rising out of an empty well, and you yourself are not within it.When you really long for God, your prayer is moved by the Spirit of God. The breath, or inspiration, of God is stirring, moving, and opening itself in your heart. Surely nothing can ascend to heaven but that which was born in heaven! Therefore, every time a good desire stirs in your heart, a good prayer goes out of it that reaches God as being the fruit and work of His Holy Spirit. It is the continuity of the desire in the heart to have that which can hardly be expressed in words that is the goodness and perfection of prayer.”
When you touch God (or when He touches you) and you begin to worship Him passionately with your heart and soul, then you will taste true worship. It is not about the right song or the right culture, it is all about a true heart and a full heart pouring out praise to the Lord. It’s time to step out of the proper protocols and proper formulas; it is time to experience pure worship from a true heart.