“I beseech you therefore brethren , by the mercies of God , that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service of worship.” - Romans 12:1
At the heart of worship is sacrifice, the way we are meant to live every day as believers. It means that I am called to lay down selfishness, to seek God's will in all things, and to treat others with the same love that God gives me.
When we gather together as believers it means that we sacrifice our need to sing only our favourite songs, recognizing that God may be blessing others with songs that minister to them deeply because of what they need to hear.
We are not looking to be comfortable and entertained, but to love God with all of our being. We enter in wholeheartedly, knowing that our actions affect the worshipers around us. Our focus is fully on God so that He will be glorified and we will know Him more deeply.
To worship God is to love Him and seek His presence. It is to honour His Word above our own opinions. Through genuine worship we are set free from the worldly ties that bind us. Real worship cannot take place in a cold or even lukewarm heart. To worship is to be convicted of impurity inside of us and to be transformed through repentance. God dwells in our praises and releases His power among us as we worship sacrificially.