Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah.”
A term frequently used in scripture is the word Selah. It literally means to lift up or exalt. In the Hebrew, it is an instruction calling for a break in the singing of a Psalm. The contemplative nature of the term is meant to allow the listener to reflect on the truth just administered.
The necessity of reflection is a quality of study that has been a challenge for many who desire a consistency in study of God’s Word. The common programs such as yearly bible reading guides focus more on completing a section of scriptures rather than drawing truth out of your time with God.
Psalm 3:8 “Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.” Selah
The quality of listening to God speak through His Word is the primary way for the follower of Christ to gain knowledge of His will. How often do we pray for an answer, only to limit our ability to hear God’s response?
The attribute of a busy life is a badge many wear in honor. Someone asks how was your week and the response is, “I was just so busy this week”, is given as a sign of productivity, but is being productive always related to busyness? The quality of being still has lost its significance in a world that thrives on progress. Particularly in western culture, the drive to attain more is elevated to prominence while the one who hasn’t made success their god is looked on with disdain.
Zechariah 7:13 “Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts.”
A people that will not listen to God, simply do not pray according to God’s will. When prayers offered up are asked according to our plans and not God’s plans, we are foolish to think we can expect our will and desires can trump God’s will.
Many times I hear someone who claims they no longer walk with God give the reason that God didn’t bless them or they think God doesn’t listen or care about their needs but the fervor of God’s love has never been in question. The continual call is to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and yet we seek to affirm our kingdom and justify our lives by the world’s standard of righteousness.
The quality of a servant of God is defined by the Word of God.
If we want to know if we are walking according to God’s will, if our teaching is accurate, if our decisions are good, or our life reflects righteousness—the Bible is a plumb line of Truth by which we can measure our lives.
Psalm 46:8-11 “Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge”
When looking for answers in this world, the works of God are so quickly overlooked. Many cry out for peace in this world of chaos and think if we elect the right leader, give out enough hugs, or do enough good deeds, everything just might go as we had hoped. This world hopes for peace apart from God and yet all they will reap is destruction. Jeremiah knew this kind of people, a rebellious people seeking their own comfort.
Jeremiah 8:11-13 “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
When there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed,
Nor did they know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
In the time of their punishment
They shall be cast down,” says the Lord.”
The Lord is the only one capable of making lasting peace, a peace that not only the nations yearn for but a peace that people seek with God individually.
Psalm 119:14-16 “I rejoice in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”
The Word of God beckons us to return.
When we fall, God waits patiently for us to return.
How do we know if we sin?
1 John 3:4 “Everyone who practices sin practices lawlessness as well. Indeed, sin is lawlessness.”
The way we know we are in sin is by examining the moral law. Whether we seek righteousness or repentance, the Word brings revelation.
Do you want to hear the voice of God? Learn how to listen.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
As you learn how to hear God’s voice, your faith will grow and your ability to listen will improve with each encounter with Him.
Next time you see the word ‘Selah’, remember to ponder God’s truth and listen.