I was reflecting on Psalm 46 today, one of my favorite Psalms. I love the contrast. You have this picture of complete chaos and insanity all around and yet for those of us who belong to Jesus we have a mighty fortress, a refuge in God. Take a moment to read the Psalm below:
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah” 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. “Selah” 8 Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. “Selah”
The word ‘Selah’ appears three times in this short Psalm. Here is a summary of some of the thoughts about the meaning of this word:
“Selah” is also thought to be rendered from two Hebrew words: s_lah, to praise; and s_lal, to lift up. Another commentator believes it comes from salah, to pause. From these words comes the belief that “selah” is a musical direction to the singers and/or instrumentalists who performed the Psalms, which was the hymnbook of the Israelites. If this is true, then each time “selah” appears in a psalm, the musicians paused, either to take a breath, or to sing acapella or let the instruments play alone. Perhaps they were pausing to praise Him about whom the song was speaking, perhaps even lifting their hands in worship. This would encompass all these meanings—praise, lift up, and pause.” – from www.gotquestions.org
Now read Psalm 46 and notice the word ‘Selah’. So I would challenge you and me to ‘Selah’ during different points of our day. When it starts getting hectic, the blood is pumping, the traffic is crazy, the emails overwhelm you, the to do list keeps getting longer, the kids keep whining just take a moment in your heart to pause and praise. Just be still for a moment and know He’s God and He is with you.