Selah- Pause and Think About That
Many of you will recall that the Lord spoke to me in October and gave me ten things that were not optional as I began my 25th year of life. One of those things was to "Be Still". I cannot hear those two words without thinking about an often quoted verse, Psalm 46 verse 10, "Be still and know that I am God..."
I have found these daily times of "being still" to be imperative and of highest importance in implementing certain changes the Holy Spirit has been prodding me to make in my life and yet this week something deeper than being still has been stirring inside of me. Selah.
Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our Salvation. SELAH Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. SELAH. Psalm 32:7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. SELAH.
How often do we pause to think, meditate, or pray about things? Be quick to listen and slow to speak, meditate on the Word day and night, take every thought captive, as I consider these verses I notice that each of these must be done with some Selah. Time to pause and think. A moment of pause produces great rewards.
One moment of pause can mean the difference in saying something that blesses rather than curses, it could mean a focus on the goodness of God rather than the frustration of a situation, it could mean seeing the simplicity of a situation rather than its complexity, it could mean hearing and heeding the voice of our precious Holy Spirit rather than the chaos of your own emotions, it could mean replacing a thought with the Word rather than the lie of the enemy, it often means choosing listen rather than to speak, to hear rather than to decide, it could mean life instead of death.
Ps. 68:1 God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; ..... and I add SELAH.
What if there was an abundance of SELAH in your day rather than a hustle and bustle from one place, one thought, one word, to the next? What kind of impact would multiple moments of pause and consideration cause?
A Pause of thought, a moment to listen for His voice, a few words of prayer. Pause to really meditate on the scripture, pause to really hear words spoken from others, pause to really consider situations that arise.
Be Blessed, J. Tate