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The Meaning of Selah

May 15, 2016

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The Meaning  of Selah

“Selah” is a Hebrew word  that appears  as a side note  in many  of the Psalms.     It’s entire depth  of meaning is uncertain,  but it generally means  a suspension  of music,  “a pause“.     The Hebrew word “Selah” is derived  from another Hebrew word meaning  “to weigh“.     So, it could include  a musical direction  for a crescendo  or a musical interlude  of some sort.

That said,  it is interesting  to note  where the word “Selah” appears.     It seems  to always be  in spots  where something of significance  has been said  —  and it would be wise  for the reader  to pause awhile  and weigh  in our minds  what was said.     In each instance,  it would be beneficial  to meditate  on what was said  and apply it  to our personal walk  with God.

For instance, in Psalm 39,  King David is thinking  about how he needs  to guard his tongue  when he is amongst  wicked people.     He does not want  to sin  at such a time  and he wants God  to help him remember  that our life here  on earth  is relatively nothing  when compared  to eternity.     So,  while David has  to put up with wicked people here,  he wants  to realize  that all their wickedness  is a passing thing.     So David sings  in Psalm 39:7-11,

And now,  Lord,  for what do I wait?
My hope is  in You.
Deliver me  from all  my transgressions;
Make me not  the reproach  of the foolish,
I have become mute,   I do not open my mouth,
Because it is You  who have  done it.
Remove Your plague  from me;
Because of the opposition  of Your hand,  I am perishing.
With reproofs  You chasten a man  for iniquity;
You consume  as a moth  what is precious  to him;
Surely every man is a mere breath.
              [Selah.]

 

Here is where David wants  to stop  and think  —  [Selah.]     He wants  to pause  and meditate  on all the facts  of his situation.      David surely hopes  for God’s deliverance  from all his own sins — not to even mention deliverance  from what the wicked  have in mind.

David humbly realizes  that God is fully aware  of what the wicked are saying  and doing  to him  —  and yet,  God is allowing  the wicked  to continue being a real pain  to David.     In his anguish,  David realizes  that God is refining his faith  in the midst  of all his own sins,  so he prays,  “Deliver me from all my transgressions,”   and   “Because it is You  who have done it.”

That is something to think about  —  [Selah.]     We are all sinners  —  and those  who put their faith  in the LORD  are the children  of God.     As God’s children,  our heavenly Father  will discipline us  in any number  of ways  to teach us  to live  as His dear children.     None of these troubles  in life  are to make us angry  with the Lord.     Like David,  we need  to realize  that God knows  what is best  for us  —  whether it be discipline  or a blessing.     He knows how  to build us up  in the true faith,  hope  and love.     God knows how  to refine us  and sanctify us  in His truths.

With all that,  we can humbly be like David,  who accepted  the troubles  God allowed  into his life  because they are God’s way  of teaching us  and leading us  in righteousness.     David dealt  with the wicked  in a godly manner  without sinning,  because he realized  that God’s discipline  was only  for his own eternal good.     So, he prayed  for deliverance  from the enemy  and from the consequences  of his own sins.

All of God’s children  have to deal  with the wicked.     Let us do so  in a godly manner,  praying for the forgiveness  of our own sins  and for deliverance  from the wicked intentions  of others.     It is all  in God’s hands,  so we need  to always humbly look  to our Lord  for deliverance.

As we humbly walk  with our Lord,  we say,   “Hallelujah!     Almighty God,  You have loved us  so dearly  in Jesus Christ.     Let us  always remember Your love  in Christ,  so that it may lead us  to live  for You  in all our ways.     Forgive our sins  for Jesus’ sake.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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