Do you know that word Selah, don’t you? The word Selah appears 74 times in the Old Testament – 71 times in the Psalms and 3 times in Habakkuk. The idea in the Hebrew for this word is a pause. Some think that this was a musical instruction, perhaps calling for a musical interlude of some kind. But most scholars think Selah speaks of a reflective pause, a pause to meditate on the words just spoken.
Right now, many of us are in a forced “pause” – a Selah. Let us look at a few places in the Psalms where we are told to pause, and to think about something.
Pause for confident praise: Psalm 44:8
In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. Selah
Pause for assurance of God’s presence: Psalm 46:7
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Pause to find your shelter in God: Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
Pause to realize that we are weak and that life is short: Psalm 39:4-6
LORD, make me to know my end,
And what is the measure of my days,
That I may know how frail I am.
Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my age is as nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah
Pause for unshakable confidence: Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Pause to consider the assurance of our resurrection: Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me. Selah
A lot to pause and reflect during the hours of this day. May God bless as we ponder upon these truths in the silence of our heart. All Glory to God Alone!