Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Meanings: Selah

This is a Hebrew word you will find scattered about in the Psalms. Because the Psalms were songs accompanied by musical instruments, it is thought to be a musical mark that notes a break in the song, or to mark a musical interlude. But it is more than that. It is also popularly believed to mean, “Stop and listen.”

To me the word is a reminder to contemplate God’s word. Rather than scanning the Scriptures and calling them read, I try to read smaller portions at a time. I then stop and I think about what I have just read and I pray for understanding.

Our faith is not a thing to be rushed through. It is a new way of life that is set apart from the frenzy of the world. It is an inclusion of God. And God is timeless. Selah.

12 comments:

Rita said...

We need to "stop and listen" much more often than we do. I am so guilty of not stopping and taking the time to listen as I should. thanks for the reminder.

Sandy said...

I love what you said about
our faith being a new way
of life and not something
we can rush through. That's
so true. Be still and know
that He is God.
Wonderful, Lynda.
Blessings,
Sandy

Carrie Burtt said...

It is amazing how that is so true in so many ways...when you are cleaning a tile bathroom the best way is tile by tile to truly clean it thoroughly...if you try to cover a larger surface it is not as efficient...we should take in God's word "tile by tile"...love your blog!! :-)

Andrea said...

Thank you for this "much needed" reminder!!
Blessings and prayers,
andrea

Karen said...

Amen!"Stop and think about it"...God has no beginning...no end...and everything in between....

Sharon Kirby said...

Lynda,
Thank you so much for a thought-provoking post!

I loved this line: "Our faith is not a thing to be rushed through. It is a NEW WAY OF LIFE that is set apart..."

I am reminded..."Be still and know that I am God...

AMEN!

God Bless You today!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I love how you stop & pray about what you've read...it's like you are letting it absorb. Beautiful.
~ Wendy

I love the Psalms.

Lynda Young said...

Thanks so much for your comments. it is about being still, absorbing God's word, and reminding ourselves God is our Lord.

Carrie, love the tile analogy.

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes love to "Stop and listen", love this post. Selah, just love that word.
kim

Lynda Young said...

It took me a while in my Christian walk to learn the meaning of that word. I used to skim over it and think, "I'll look it up later". So of course, when I did finally learn the meaning it had double impact :)

RoseBelle said...

Faith is something you can't rush through and learn. It's years of cultivation and learning. It's continual learning.

Lynda Young said...

Yes, exactly, rosebelle, it's continual :)