Quick Bite: Selah | Reeja George, AUS

Selah is a mysterious yet beautiful word from the Bible. It occurs seventy-one times in the book of Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. So, what does this word mean, and why is it there?  Bible scholars suggest that it means “to pause or to reflect.” It is a transliteration from Hebrew, which simply sounds out to English. The word ‘Hallelujah’ is another example of a transliteration that means Praise God (Hallel=praise, Jah =God). Selah often appears at the end of a verse or chapter, suggesting a pause or reflection. Based on its context, it makes sense to stop and consider what God may be saying or doing there.

In these current times, uncertainty abounds, and we can’t fully comprehend the cultural shifts, we can take it as an opportunity to pause and consider our creator. Meditating on His unfailing love (Psalm 48:9), God’s works and all his mighty deeds (Psalm 77:12), God’s precepts and his ways (Psalm 119:15), and His promises (Psalm 119:148). Take a moment of ‘Selah’ from our otherwise crazy and busy lives to pause and reflect on His wonders, His mysteries, and His sovereignty. Let’s embrace this moment to be calm, be still, and know that He is God through it all. Selah!



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