What is worship? One dictionary I have defines it as: Adoring reverence or regard.
Reverence is Deep respect tinged with 'awe'
Regard is: to think highly of someone or something
In other words, you adore, you love, you respect, you regard this person or thing as more important than anything else in the world.This object of worship consumes your thoughts and dictates your actions. Everything you are and every path your life takes comes out of your reverence for this person or thing.
What about sex or romantic relationships? Know people who are consumed with a desire for these things? So much so, that it drives them to do things they wouldn't normally do
What about Drugs, Fame, Beauty, Power?
And my personal favorite: SELF (Yikes, that one hit home!)
Ask yourselves these questions: What do I think about MOST of the time? What dictates my actions, my decisions? Hmmm. If you're like me, it's not a pretty picture.
Now, I'm not saying that some people in church aren't truly worshiping God. All I'm saying is God is not impressed with our music and songs and church attendance. He is not even impressed by our giving if it's done out of duty or expectation of returns. Not only is He NOT impressed, God considers False worship an abomination:
The acts of the hypocrite's worship are as abominable to God as if they were offered to Idols. He who kills an ox will be as guilty as if he slew and sacrificed a man; he who sacrifices a lamb or a kid, as if he broke a dog's neck and sacrificed him; he who offers a cereal offering, as if he offered swine's blood; he who burns incense to God as if he blessed an idol. Such people have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations. Isaiah 66: 3 Amplified.
I don't know about you, but when I came across that verse, it scared the holy stuffing out of me! You may say, Well, I don't kill an ox or sacrifice a lamb or offer a cereal offering, so I'm okay. But today's equivalent would be: Go to church on Sunday, Tithe, Sing worship songs, read your Bible, etc... ALL DONE OUT OF A SENSE OF DUTY WITH NO REAL LOVE FOR OR DEVOTION TO GOD OR A DESIRE TO FOLLOW HIM.
God is saying that when someone who truly doesn't Worship Him goes through acts of worship, it is an abomination! Man, that's pretty strong stuff!! It comes down to a matter of the heart, doesn't it? You may have messed up all week, but if you drag your behind to Church, wanting to repent, wanting to praise God for loving you anyway, then your worship is accepted.
But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands. Isaiah 66:2 Amplified