We’ve been walking through Psalm 46 this week and we looked at it in 3 sections. At the end of each section was a small word: Selah. We can’t move past our meditation on this Psalm without considering the importance of this precious word.
Have you built the action of “Selah” into your day?
What I mean by that is, are you intentional in taking worship breaks where you “lift up offerings” to the Lord?
Let me explain what I mean by using Psalm 3:4 for an example:
[box]“I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah”[/box]
That word at the end of this verse is extremely important.
This small word is inserted no less than seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in the little book of Habakkuk. It may be a musical directive (scholars have debated its exact purpose for years). But one thing we do know, it is giving purposeful direction to the reader.
Selah is an action word, a verb, and the literal translation is: “to lift up, exalt.”
When I see the word “Selah” it is God’s personal reminder that it’s time for me to: Pause and lift up worship; exalt God with an offering of praise.
My favorite way to do this is to step outside, close my eyes for just a moment, and take a deep inhale of God’s grace. I focus on His truth, His mercy, His faithfulness, or His steadfast lovingkindness. I focus on God’s character and spend a moment briefly worshiping Him. I think about what He taught me in the Word that morning, or I spend some moments just crying out to Him and expressing gratitude that He’s listening.
The Benefits of Selah:
- Selah can happen while you’re loading the dishwasher or folding laundry.
- Selah takes you into God’s presence which translates into “fullness of joy.”
- Selah allows for needed moments of rest from the pressures of a stressful day.
- Selah takes your heart to the throne of God . . . and that is always a good thing.
- Selah values and glorifies God—and that’s why we’re here.
Last week we focused on the power of song and its importance to God. Selah may be a musical directive inserted at critical points in the movement of a song. As you’re moving through the rhythm of your day, incorporate the meaningful pause of selah.
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