Dhikr is obedience to Allah

والذكر طاعة الله فمن أطاع الله فقد ذكره ومن لم يطعه فليس بذاكر وإن أكثر التسبيح وتلاوة القرآن

Saeed ibn jubair said: “Dhikr is obedience to Allah. Whoever obeys Allah has in fact remembered Him. Whoever does not obey Him is not one who is remembering Him, even if he says tasbeeh and recites the Book a lot.”

(Sharh as-sunnah)