Meet Selah

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

“Selah”, the orchid

Just one post separates the connection between this one and the one asking for a name for the orchid in my study.

Although, I had not thought about what the small token of appreciation would be for the naming of the orchid in my place of rest and study, when the suggested name made its way to me, I knew right away that was the name and I knew what the gift would be.

Selah
I know this word is familiar to you if you have ever encountered it while reading a Psalm or perhaps reading in Habakkuk.
Selah.
Read the first few verses to Psalm 24 and you’ll encounter this word.

      A Psalm of David.

            1      The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains,
      The world, and those who dwell in it.
            2      For He has founded it upon the seas
      And established it upon the rivers.
            3      Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
      And who may stand in His holy place?
            4      He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
      Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
      And has not sworn deceitfully.
            5      He shall receive a blessing from the LORD
      And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
            6      This is the generation of those who seek Him,
      Who seek Your face—even Jacob.      Selah.

New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ps 24:title–6). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

The precise meaning of this word is not known.  Some see it as a form of “Amen”.  Some see it as a derivation of a root word that means to elevate or lift up.

The most common understanding is that it is a musical term requiring the musician to pause.  We have come to accept it as a form of meditating upon the previous words…a type of reflection, if you will.

I think that is a fitting word as I study the Bible in that room and reflect on its meaning or as I rest and reflect on God’s attention and intention in my own life.

As I reflect on that “seeking God’s face” reference in verse 6 above, “Selah” has lots of flowers whose faces are looking up as reminders of where my face should look when I reflect on God’s word and activity.  Look to Him.  Seek Him.

So, Sylvia, your gift of the latest cd by the group “Selah” is on its way to you today!  I hope you enjoy the music as you listen and I pray your Selah moments are filled with blessings of God to your very core.

Encouragement:
Use something you have to serve as a trigger that reminds you to be engaged in times of looking to God as you pause throughout the day.

Opportunity for Response:
What is a favorite place where you to pause and reflect on the goodness of God?

Be blessed with a Selah moment today.

Selah…

2 Comments

  1. Beautiful. Be blessed today too!

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