"For worship is, essentially, the reverse of sin. Sin began (and begins) when we succumb to the temptation, 'You shall be as gods.' We make ourselves the center of the universe and dethrone God. By contrast, worship is giving God his true worth; it is acknowledging Him to be the Lord of all things, and the Lord of everything in our lives. 'He is, indeed, the Most High God!'" ...”The foundation of worship in the heart is not emotional ('I feel full of worship' or 'The atmosphere is so worshipful'). Actually, it is theological. Worship is not something we 'work up', it is something that 'comes down' to us, from the character of God."
"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men."
Clive Staples Lewis
"… with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross."
"God as we ought to worship Him. God is Spirit, so we must worship Him in spirit and truth, that is, by a humble and true adoration of spirit in the depth and centre of our souls."
We are meant to yearn for transcendence and the common anxieties and fear of death remind us of the truth that our lives were purposed for eternity. Perhaps the single most harmful element of western Christianity is our comfort - a comfort which pushes back the desire for eternal glory until we have enjoyed more of our temporal assets.
The captivated soul longs for Jesus person and to live in vital reflection of his kingdom which results in worship.