Going through the motions?
Sometimes I find myself kind of standing for the praise part of worship and sitting for the message part of worship without being as engaged as I could be. I find myself distracted by other things, outside of worship that certainly have no bearing on my worship of my God. While I don’t feel that I fall into the condemnation of the wicked as I read the second half of this Psalm, I certainly am pulled to focus on my worship more after reflecting on God’s word.
God does not want just worship
God doesn’t need anything. Everything in the world already belongs to him. It is our duty and his desire for us to worship him as the supremely beautiful and all-satisfying Object. It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men. It is, of course, not the only way. But for many of us, the fair beauty of the Lord is revealed chiefly while we worship Him together.
Worship with your whole heart not your holed heart.
C.S. Lewis once pointed out that those who never come to know and praise God will have lost the greatest experience and, in the end, have lost all. The psalmist is pretty clear here on what God would say to the wicked person that goes through the proscribed steps of being a follower but cast His words behind them and joins in with other evil people and behaviors. Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless, I will show my salvation [psalm 50:23]