Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me abide in your tent forever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings.”
In my devotional for today, Rev. Sam McGlothlin introduced the word “Selah” to her readers. It is a word that is used many times in the Hebrew Bible in the Books of Psalms (72 times) and Habakkuk (2 times).
It is defined in Merriam-Webster:
• A term of uncertain meaning found in the Hebrew text of the Psalms and Habakkuk carried over untranslated into some English versions.
The translators of the Septuagint translated “Selah” as an intermission. Using “Selah” to take a pause to think about what the Scripture says – to reflect on the meaning of the verse before continuing to read the rest of the passage. Selah.
https://www.yourdictionary.com defines “Selah” as:
• An instruction calling for a break in the singing of the Psalm or it may mean “forever.”
• As an interjection.
• Indicating a pause for contemplation.
Selah sounds like a practice we could all benefit from. Do you routinely take time to “pause” or simply catch your breath? This practice is important and especially necessary as we traverse life. Our lives are often filled with things that deplete is of our energies. Some push themselves past the point of tired and run directly to exhaustion. Please take time to recover, rest and refuel. We need time with God, healthy choices for our bodies and restful sleep. God is our Rock and our Redeemer, our Strong Tower. Do not wait until rest is forced upon you by an sickness, trust God will all your cares, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”
Practice: Set an alert on your phone or you electronics to remind yourself to take time to breathe, breath in life! In other words, Take A Selah!! Blessings to you today and forevermore, Amen!
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.