Bible Study for Christian Men and Christian Women ~ I Am Still, Part 2
Psalms 46:10-11 " Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah."
Selah. The last word in these two verses.
Continuing with our sandwich example, "selah" would be the other piece of bread.
Some interesting facts about this word: It is mentioned in 75 verses in the KJV Old Testament. One of those in 2 Kings 14:7 and refers to a city, Sela, in the region of Idumaea, south of Judea.
The other 74 times is from a different Hebrew word, selah, which means "suspension (of music), that is, pause." 71 of those times are found in the book of Psalms. That isn't surprising when we understand the book of Psalms is actually a book of songs. In the Western world and in Western thinking, we may scratch our heads on that thought, but in the days and
places where the Psalms were composed, they were sung.
So, let's picture the shepherd boy David (who later became King David) sitting on a big rock watching his family's sheep. His slingshot was close by - he had practiced and shot bulls-eyes on everything in sight. The sheep were peaceful and grazing.
David was out, more than likely by himself with those sheep. He had no electronic device to keep him company. His only companions wore wool suits year round. So David, picked up his portable harp and begin to strum and sing - sing songs to his God and about his God. It is very evident from the words that he knew his God intimately and not from a distance. He begins to compose and sing the words of these two verses - minus the word "selah." His praise and exaltation to
God well up inside his heart and he stops and thinks about what he has just sung. So he sings it again and pauses to dwell on it. This he does for hours, ever watchful of danger. His joy grows inside him and his sheep are calm and relaxed at hearing the familiar melodious voice of their shepherd praising God.
He is not rushing around all over the place; neither is he comatose. But he is still so he can know, really know, his God.
Selah - pause and think about that. Think about the words just sung or spoken.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth
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