“This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’” (Leviticus 10:3)
When we gather for the express purpose of worshipping, we are to do so reverently. We are not to approach God flippantly or apathetically. He is to be regarded, as He is, Holy. This does not mean that we are not to celebrate His majesty, nor rejoice in His presence; on the contrary, we are to glorify His name.
Aaron’s sons came before the Lord in disobedience. They offered God that which He did not request. Their sacrifice of praise was not the sacrifice that God required. This was the sin of Cain. Cain’s sacrifice was not what God demanded. Anything less than what God demands is unacceptable. We must ask ourselves, “Do I approach the Lord with regard to His holiness?” “Do I glorify Him before all the people?” We must.
When we gather together in His house, in His presence, we are to do so with dignity and respect. We are to come prepared to praise and worship. We are to do so with regard to His holiness, and we are to glorify His name.