The book of Psalm in the bible is known as the book of hymns for singing praises to God and throughout this book, the word Selah is used over 70 times. Now, this word has been deemed hard to translate but the Amplified Bible translates it as a to moment pause, and calmly think of that. But in Lakisha’s logical thinking, I define Selah as a moment to pause to get your mind right in order to hear, I mean really hear what’s about to come so that your actions afterwards match. Let me explain. In Psalm 66:4, it says, “All the earth will worship You, and will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name. Selah” Pause and think on that because then Psalm 66:5, says (me paraphrasing) Now, come on and see the works of our God who is awesome! You didn’t get that? Well Psalm 66:7 says, “He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.” Pause and think on that because this verse says God will FOREVER reign because He wasn’t voted in for a term, He doesn’t ever reach retirement age, He doesn’t have to worry about getting a pink slip and His power can’t be taken and because of this Psalm 66:8 says, “Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises.”
See, every now and then we need to Selah (pause and think) on some of the mess that God has brought us from in order for our worship to be real. Every once in a while, we need to Selah; (pause and think) on all the good things that God has done in order for our praise to be sincere. Sometimes we need to Selah (pause and think) on the good because then you’ll know that your bad can’t measure up. From time to time, we need to Selah (pause and think) on the realization that things could be worse so that you appreciate what you have. At times, we need to Selah (pause and think) and hear God speaking instead of your gossiping friends. Occasionally we all need to Selah (pause and think) on our lives because then our adoration for God will show in our appreciation; our respect for Him will show in our rejoicing; our love for Him will show in our living; our satisfaction towards Him will show in our shout and how we serve and our deliverance through Him will show in our devotion and dedication. Yea, take a moment and Selah because it might just do you some good!
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