Many are concerned that today there is too much shallowness in our worship of God. Irreverence in worship is now becoming all too common in modern churches. Unfortunately, New Testament assemblies are not immune to this affliction. Increasingly, believers are sashaying into worship meetings 10-15 minutes late without the slightest hint of embarrassment. The retelling of personal anecdotes, the singing of favorite hymns (singing without conviction), and nonchalance have replaced holy and reverent worship. Psalm 111:9 exhorts, "Holy and reverend is His Name." Hearts full of Christ have now given way to hearts full of competing interests. Many still attend times of worship, but have lost their first love. The stirring hymns of the faith are sometimes still sung, but rarely with passion and conviction. Gripping passages of Scripture about Christ and the cross are still read, but with little apparent devotion or heart-felt affection. Eloquent prayers of praise and worship ring hollow.
David Dunlap, Bible & Life, March 2003
The need for true and sincere worship is leaving the church, and in a lot of churches has already left, being replaced with the superficial ritual of routine. Of course, God's Word will never return void, but the receptiveness and sensitivity of God's Word is increasing every day.