Ps.47:7 – For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
Jesus told the woman at the well in Samaria that we worship what we know. That’s another way of saying what David is saying in this verse, worship the Lord with understanding. True worship is birthed out of a revelation of the greatness of God. You can sing all the right worship songs but without a personal revelation of Jesus that song is only a song. It is revelation that creates true worship. That’s why Jesus told the woman at the well that if she knew who Jesus was she would have asked Him for living water. He was seeking worshippers, worshippers are created by a revelation of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes this verse.
“Sing praises with understanding. Sing a didactic Psalm. Sound doctrine praises God. Even under the economy of types and ceremonies, it is clear that the Lord had regard to the spirituality of worship, and would be praised thoughtfully, intelligently, and with deep appreciation of the reason for song. It is to be feared from the slovenly way in which some make a noise in singing, that they fancy any sound will do. On the other hand, from the great attention paid by some to the mere music, we feel sadly sure that the sense has no effect upon them. Is it not a sin to be tickling men’s ears with sounds when we profess to be adoring the Lord? What has a sensuous delight in organs, anthems, etc., to do with devotion? Do not men mistake physical effects for spiritual impulses? Do they not often offer to God strains far more calculated for human amusement than for divine acceptance? An understanding enlightened of the Holy Spirit is then and then only fully capable of offering worthy praise.”
Over the last several years there has been a popular trend in worship music singing about intimacy, the River, or something like the breath of God. Singing about intimacy means nothing without revelation.You cannot live a carnal or worldly lifestyle and sing songs about intimacy and call that worship. Worship comes from revelation or understanding. Without revelation all you are doing is singing a song. At the end of the day worship is all about the heart, when your heart falls in love with Jesus worship is all that you can do.