John 4:23-24 (NIV) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Further Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8
Worship may be defined as delighting in the eternal attributes of God. Idolatry, on the other hand, is an attempt to dethrone God and replace Him with other things. We cannot truly worship God when our hearts are full of other idols. When we truly worship God we get a revelation of who God is and who we are. We have truly worshiped when we get a sense of the greatness of our God, and His grace and mercy in light of our sinfulness.
True worship should culminate to repentance and obedience. You can’t truly worship God and remain the same. Your life has to change. If you think you are a worshiper and you are the same week in week out, they you need to think twice. Maybe you are worshiping something different. For it is in worship that we encounter this holy God. The revelation of His holiness then causes us to realize how sinful we are (Isaiah 6:5). Thanks be to God that He does not abandon us in our condition. He reaches out to us and offers us His mercy and grace. When we repent, He cleanses us from our sins (Isaiah 6:7). When our relationship with Him is restored, He gives us an assignment to accomplish in His Kingdom (Isaiah 6:8). Yes, indeed, true worship is a precursor to revival.