Selah

Take a deep breath and just rest for a minute. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

How many times do you catch yourself just going through your day, taking care of all that needs tending and before you know it the day is over? I have done this countless times only to realize that yet again I did not just take a little time to pause and breathe. 

The word ‘Selah’ is mentioned several times in the Psalms and in Habakkuk. The generally accepted meaning of selah is to pause and reflect. (Here is a wonderful article on Selah by my friends over at Crosswalk.com) 

Modern psychology and New Age practitioners refer to pausing and reflecting as “being centered or grounded”. There is usually not a good answer as to what you should center yourself around or ground yourself in. 

Just what exactly is hope?

Society tells us to center within or to pause and reflect on ourselves. It is no wonder the majority of society is depressed, anxious and hopeless. If we use ourselves as the center of everything then our center shifts with our feelings. Tell me that is not a rocky road to travel!

Colossians 2:6-7 says “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

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The bible tells us to ground ourselves in Christ and center ourselves on His Word. He is immovable and unchanging and our Rock. This is a much better solution than to reflect on me.

In 1 Samuel 30, while King David and his men were off fighting a battle,  their camp was invaded and their women and children were taken hostage. Upon returning to the camp, David?s men were so grieved by the loss of their families that they spoke of stoning David. 

David has just lost his own family and now his closest friends and allies wanted to stone him. How would you respond? What if David chose to pause and reflect on himself? Probably a different outcome than God had in mind.

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1 Samuel 30:6 tells us that David chose to strengthen himself in the Lord. David spent time with God to see how God wanted to handle this situation. He inserted his own ?selah? into this developing saga.

The Lord told David during this ‘selah’ moment to “Pursue the enemy troops, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” (1 Samuel 30:8) David did as instructed and all ended well. 

In that moment when the odds are against you, what do you do? Do you call a friend? Do you have a drink? Do you go back to bed or do you run to the Lord?

Today let’s choose to ‘selah’ and inquire of the Lord. Let Him be the center of your decisions and rest on His unchanging Word. Ground yourself in the Living Hope, Jesus Christ, and let Him be your focus. Look upward not inward.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13)

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