People were designed by God to worship. The tragic reality of the fall is that we have lost our ability to know whom to worship. So, we worship what Tim Keller calls counterfeit gods. This is the worship we were born to as fallen creatures.
It is the enemy’s scheme that when we participate in corporate worship we do so to earn God’s favor. Even when we sing and offer praise our hearts often yearn for the counterfeit. But our God is a jealous God. He will not share his glory with our counterfeit pretenders.
May we see God for who he is, not for what we want him to be. May we say with the Psalmist:
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.