Selah. Pause & Reflect

Psalm 46:1-11

God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
    He is always there to help us in times of trouble.
The earth may fall apart.
    The mountains may fall into the middle of the sea.
    But we will not be afraid.
The waters of the sea may roar and foam.
    The mountains may shake when the waters rise.
    But we will not be afraid. Selah
God’s blessings are like a river. They fill the city of God with joy.
    That city is the holy place where the Most High God lives.
Because God is there, the city will not fall.
    God will help it at the beginning of the day.
Nations are in disorder. Kingdoms fall.
    God speaks, and the people of the earth melt in fear.
The Lord who rules over all is with us.
    The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. Selah
Come and see what the Lord has done.
    See the places he has destroyed on the earth.
He makes wars stop from one end of the earth to the other.
    He breaks every bow. He snaps every spear.
    He burns every shield with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be honored among the nations.
    I will be honored in the earth.”
11 The Lord who rules over all is with us.
    The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. Selah

While reading this week, I have came across a word, SELAH.  This word occurs 71 times in the book of Psalms, including the one above.   Everywhere I look for the definition of the word,  it is uncertain.  There are assumptions and suggestions.  

I like the assumption it was a signal to lift up the hands or voice in worship or it could be a phrase like Amen. 

I went through my Bible and put a small post-it note on every page with this word.  AFter reviewing several of these verses, I have decided when I decide to lift my hand to Him I will say “Selah”.  

This is another one of those things that is so amazing about the Bible.  It may be confusing at times, but everything is in it for a reason.  You may read a verse today and then read again in 2 years and the verse will mean something totally different.  Selah!

I’m so happy that I have the Bible to turn to daily, hourly even sometimes by the minute to help me get through the day. Selah!

I want to praise Him more and learn more about these pages that were wrote for us to read, study, absorb, and take out into the world.  

Read, pause, and think about what you are reading and give The Lord a chance to  speak to you!  Selah!

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