The right way to worship
In his article, “Is All Worship Equally Acceptable to God” (here), author Tim Barnett reminds us that if nothing else, the stories of Cain & Able (Genesis 4:1-5) and Nadab & Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-3) teach us that there is a right way and a wrong way to approach God in worship.
A further study of the Tabernacle worship, and then later the Temple worship, replete with significant detail regarding the the worship of God’s people, indicate that God sets a high priority on the way in which we approach Him. God makes a way, and we are to follow it.
Throughout the history of humanity God has relentlessly pursued relationship with His creation (most evident through Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection), but He also makes it clear that there is a proper way to meet with Him. One of the most memorable quotes I’ve heard by a preacher recently goes something like this: “There is only one way to properly approach God, and that is by humility and faith.” I agree with that statement. God has no time for the proud. He is looking for worshipers who are genuinely humble (and willing to obey) and marked by faith (trust in God and His promises).
This gives us much to ponder when it comes to evaluating our personal and corporate worship of God.