Posted: February 1,2009
This week we will look at another section of Psalm
47. David’s theme in this Psalm has been one of public worship and
thanksgiving. Let us muse upon verses 5-7, which say, “God
is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing
praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”
It is here that David gives us three
great truths about worship. Worship is a strange and mysterious
practice in the local church when compared to Bible worship. The word
it self is made up of two words, ‘worth’ and ‘ship’. It gives us the
idea of setting sail toward the Lord, a ship laden with our thoughts of
His worth to us.
In verse 5 David shares with us some
thoughts on ‘An Unquenchable Worship’. It is in this verse we
find the Messianic theme. It is here the great doctrine of the
ascension is taught in the words “God is gone up with a shout,”
The Lord while ascending back to the Father made an open shame of
Satan. When I think of our Lord’s ascension and my being made to sit
with Him in heavenly places, I am provoked to offer endless worship to
I see in verse 5 not only His going up
but also His coming back. David speaks of the Lord and the sound of a
trumpet. Paul’s writing tells us our Lord will return with the sound of
the trumpet. My friend, we should not look to this time with shame and
fear, but with anticipation and joy. The thought of the trumpet sound
and His return should provoke worship and a cry; ‘even so come
quickly Lord Jesus’. Sadly though, I fear it is for most of us that
we would rather stay here for now than to go there forever. Lord,
deliver us from a shallow worship of you. Let us see you as the King
who went up and shall soon come down.
In verse 6 we are shown ‘An
Unfathomable Worship’. I use the word ‘fathom’ because it is
a term of measurement and understanding. The prefix ‘un’ says
you cannot measure or understand fully this subject. The phrase ‘sing
praises’ is used five times in verses 6 and 7. The number five is
the number for grace. Grace is the fact that the Lord who was rich for
our sake became poor that we through His poverty might be made rich.
The word ‘praises’ is a hymn of laudation. David told us to sing
them unto our God and King. Sad to say most songs today are written for
the people and sung to the people. True worship is always for God and
directed to Him alone. There is no measurement to that worship.
Last of all, in verse 7 we see ‘An
Understanding Worship’. David says to sing praises with ‘understanding’.
The word understanding tells us that if our worship is not understood by
us the Lord will not understand it. I spoke recently to an older
songwriter and asked him what he thought of today’s songs of worship. He
said, ‘I’m afraid that we are teaching folks how to holler and not to
sing’. The word understanding speaks of teaching. Our worship must
have within t teaching and learning. Martin Luther said if we cannot
preach the reformation down then we will sing it in. May we find that
true worship is when we seek to fathom the depths and learn more about
who God is. We will see that when we find Him we will be overwhelmed
with His presence and true feelings of worship will be displayed.