In his book, Blended Worship, Robert Webber says, "Worship is indeed the source of personal change as we who worship find ourselves touched by God’s transforming power. Our personal repentance and renewal, however, then lead us to a life of evangelism, Christian education, committed spirituality, and active social concern. Worship has been the catalyst and will continue to be the guide as we go out into the world to be salt and light."
I think Webber conveys well what it is that we do when we worship God. When we are able to focus on God and push away the distractions of worldly idols, we open ourselves up to God’s transformational power. We make ourselves available for God to use us for His purposes in the world.
Worship is not always a function of us working harder, though. Often worship is far less about what we are doing to get closer to God and far more about clearly understanding who God already is. As we understand God more fully and see His goodness, love, mercy, power and so on . . . we do not have to try to worship God, we simply cannot resist it.
May we understand God so clearly that we cannot stop ourselves from worshiping Him.