I’ve actually come to think that understanding worship lyrics is overrated. Not the act itself but the mindset. It puts the focus on us instead of on God. And that’s not right. When Scripture talks about how the rocks would cry out, I don’t think that’s talking about intellectual assent. It’s all about the worthiness of God.
Of course ideally we understand what we’re singing and we should strive for that. But I think if we make it an entirely intellectual exercise we miss something. Our understanding is relevant in how it gives glory to God, but it’s not the point.
I’ve said this before but one of the most influential sermons I heard was when this pastor talked about visiting some synagogue and the people there would constantly fidget around and push others to do the same, as a sort of physical reminder that they must worship God with everything, including their bodies. I just thought that was really really interesting.