It’s a term I encounter a lot. Authentic worship. What does that mean? I’m not exactly sure what others mean. I do know that many use the term as a hot-button trigger to take a shot at the church. That’s not what I’m going to do here.
Worship happens 1) individually and 2) corporately. You worship daily by spending quiet time with God, praying, reading Scripture and meditating on the things of God, as well as what He has done in your life.We worship coporately when we as individuals come together as one body, the Church. We sing songs, we pray, and we hear from God’s Word. We take part in the sacraments of communion and baptism.
For either mode of worship to be authentic, we need to check our hearts and our focus. When we have heart issues–unresolved anger, pride, envy—(to name a few), they can interfere with our ability to commune with God. That’s what worship is—willfully entering into the presence of the Lord. If we try to worship and can’t focus because we’re distracted—by people, places, and things—then we risk not giving the Lord the attention He deserves. I think that’s what makes our worship authentic versus just going through the motions. Going through the motions is surely not something we should do when we encounter the God of the Universe.