Selah: “Pause and calmly think about it”
“God will establish it for ever. Selah.” Ps 48:8
Seventy-four times in the book of Psalms we read the word “Selah” at the end of a Scripture. What does it mean? To “pause and calmly think about it.” You can’t rush into Bible revelation. You can’t skim the surface and discover the treasure hidden within it. That’s why David wrote, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps 119:10-11). When you hide God’s Word in your heart through meditation and memorization, you’re able to stand on it when you have a particular need. Meditation involves taking time to reflect; to “pause and calmly think about it.” It’s a time-tested method God put in place for you. He wants you to learn to pray the Scriptures and meditate on them because these habits will help you to experience all He has for you. The most important thing you can ask yourself when you face life’s challenges is, “What does God say about this in His Word?” Why is asking that important? Read these two Scriptures, and you will find the answer: “Your word is settled in heaven” (Ps 119:89 NKJV). “The word of our God stands forever” (Isa 40:8 NKJV). God’s Word is His will! When God called Jeremiah to leadership, Jeremiah had reservations about his ability. So God said, “I have put My words in your mouth” (Jer 1:9 NKJV). Then He told Jeremiah, “I am ready to perform My word” (v. 12 NKJV). The only thing you can count on for sure is that God will keep His Word. Selah!