Our worship according to the New Covenant has nothing at all to do with this world or with the works of our flesh. We do not worship out of obligation. We do not worship to gain acceptance by God. We do not worship because it is emotionally soothing for us. We do not worship specific to a certain day, nor do we go to this place or that place in order to worship. Yet this is how a great deal of Christians worship God. Jesus explains what kind of worship that is accepted and desired by God when he spoke these words,
“Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:21-24
Jesus also reminded his audience what God looks for when He said this,
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ Matt 15: 8-9
God looks not for our words, though wonderful, nor our beautiful songs we sing as well as any outward act we can do AS our worship but He looks into our heart that will reveal the truth of our love and devotion to Him.
Today our bodies are vessels that we worship God with – and this is daily, as our lifestyle. For we are temples for the Living God and with our bodies and lives do we now offer to Him our worship 1 Cor 6:19-21. Each time we lay down a part of our lives (flesh) to crucify it, we offer to God our sacrifice. Giving thanks and praising Him always is our worship Phil 4:4.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Heb 13:15
Obeying what we know to be right according to His word is worship 1 Sam 15:22. The object of our worship is always God, to please Him and not ourselves in what we like or don’t like. We sing to the Lord out of our hearts to give Him honor and glory due His name. Our motivation is out of thankful hearts that desire to bring pleasure to Him. How easy is it to have our worship become what we desire and don’t, what we enjoy or don’t. The kind of worship God wants the world (unbelieving) will want nothing to do with, nor will they understand it. When those who are unbelieving partake in ‘worship’ I am more prone to look at what is considered worship a little more closely for how can this be? How can a man who has not the Holy Spirit worship according to what God seeks, which is ‘in Spirit and truth’?
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor 2:13-14
God made very detailed specification regarding the Tabernacle, the Priestly duties, and the objects of worship and how to conduct the sacrifices and offerings. He did not leave any room for any to make their own protocol, see Exodus 25-31. Is God different today regarding worship?
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Heb 13:8
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev 1:6