"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
Formalism and worship are two separate things. Worship is not really quiet music and everyone sitting still and not smiling. That, in and of itself, is not worship. Some people say, “Well that was a dignified service.” Perhaps they don’t know the difference between reverence and rigor mortis.
When you are worshiping the Lord, there should be both freedom and order.
If you study worship in the Bible, you’ll find worship was marked with brightness, spontaneity, and joy. Read the Psalms. Read the accounts of the early Christians who were “continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house; [they] did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46).
Paul encouraged the early church in Ephesians 5 to “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
They had something that fire couldn’t burn, swords couldn’t kill, water couldn’t drown, and jails couldn’t hold. They knew the holiness, the loveliness, and the glory of God in a life-changing way.