Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood? Selah
But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The LORD will hear when I call to Him.
Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the LORD
There are many who say,
“Who will show us any good?”
LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety
Read that verse over again.
It could even be a phrase.
No matter if it's one verse, one phrase, or one single word, Stop and think
about it for just a minute.
2. Why do you think you like it?
Have you been experiencing something in your life that resonated with this verse?
3. That's the Word speaking to you.
4. Pray and Thank God for this revelation and ask Him to make it clear how He wants to use it in your life
" a technical musical term probably showing accentuation, pause, interruption". It can also mean a rest or silence. Isn't that beautiful.
David takes the time to say, "Quiet. Quiet on the set." Why? Because it's a chance to stop and reflect and meditate on what was just said. He is giving special attention to the words that were just spoken or sung as in this Psalm. Can you picture it? The music is playing and singers are singing, and then it all quiets into a pause. It's like a breath, a moment to breath and pause. It gives us a chance to refresh and ponder. When I see the word Selah in the Psalms, I like to re-read it and stop and think on what was just written. Try it. I keeps us from rushing through the Psalms, and makes us to slowwwwwww dowwwwwnnnnnnn. :)
How often do we take a Selah? Are we just rushing through the day from one thing to the next? There is something to be said for taking a pause in the day to stop and think and praise God for something.
How I took my "Selah". So I am really using this term loosely here because this is used for a musical expression but I like to think that my day can be like a song with much cacophony at times. As a mom, my day is packed with the "to dos" that sometimes it leaves me spinning. I rush from preparing food, to cleaning, to chores, to children, and on and on it goes. Well, the other day I could feel myself just faltering and grow so weary that I took a selah from it all. I actually set a timer and said to my kids "I am having a 15 minute break!" Yes, it was an exclamation because I was undone and needed to stop. What a wonder that did for me. It was a time for me to take a break and just pause. I sat down with my tea and listening to the Word and just had a moment to reflect. I tell you, I stood up a refreshed momma who was ready to be the All American Hero for the day. Looking back at how effective that was, I am wish I took more Selahs in my life's concert. What about you?