God’s revelation occurs when He offers us a glimpse of His activity, His will, or His attributes. Our response is the sometimes spontaneous and sometimes premeditated reply to that revelation…worship. A model for this worship conversation is found in Isaiah 6:1-8. The holiness of God is revealed to the prophet Isaiah and his natural worship response is contrition, “Woe is me, for I am ruined.” (Isaiah 6:5). God reveals His mercy and Isaiah’s worship response is service, “Here am I. Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8).
When we instigate the worship conversation by encouraging God to reveal Himself as a result of our worship actions aren’t we actually inverting the biblical model of revelation and response? Is it possible our worship has been hindered through our efforts to generate worship instead of worship occurring as an outflow of God revealing Himself to us? Instead of offering our worship actions while hoping that God will show up shouldn’t we offer our worship actions because God has shown up?
Richard Foster states it well, “Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father. Its central reality is found ‘in spirit and truth.’ It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit. Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshiped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit.”
 Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1978).