Throughout the Psalms there is a word that pops up frequently. This word, often seen sitting by itself on the right side of text column, is “selah” and is a Hebrew word with a meaning that is both unknown and debated.
Some believe this word to be a praise meaning “to praise” or “to lift up”.
Other scholars believe the word is a musical demarcation meaning “to pause” (the Psalms are songs after all).
Finally, some have suggested that the word “selah” is a combination of both meanings. In other words, “selah” is the act of taking a moment to pause and praise or lift up the Lord.
In our every day, from our reading of Scripture to our busy schedules, we are in tremendous need of “selah”. The overwhelming nature of our busyness threatens to choke out the peace God intends for us to have in Him. When it comes to understanding God, we need to pause to truly understand Him.
Consider your worship this Sunday as a much needed “selah”, a moment to pause and lift up the Lord as the great and merciful Lord of our life.
“May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”