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Psalm 46:4-7

There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
God is within her; she will not be toppled.
God will help her when the morning dawns.
Nations rage, kingdoms topple;
the earth melts when he lifts his voice.
The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah
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It’s a vague word from ancient Hebrew. Scripture makes no attempt to provide a definition where it has been recorded, making it difficult to translate with confident accuracy. “Selah” is found only in two books of the Bible, Psalms and Habakkuk. (If you’d like to explore the riches of Habakkuk, visit Pause IV!)

In the span of thirty-nine psalms, Selah is included an amazing seventy-one times! Usually, it is placed after a set of verses like we find in our Psalm 46, or sometimes it’s found at the very end of a psalm like a built-in doxology. (Psalm 3, 24, and 46) The structure of the word is similar to two other Hebrew words meaning “to lift up; to praise” and “to pause”, which gives scholars the most educated guess for a definition.

Fitting for our Journey Theme, isn’t it?
“To pause and praise with uplifted hands and voices.”

Have you done that today?
I know, it’s Monday, but maybe Selah is precisely what you need most.

I sat with a friend today who was recounting how she had told the Lord on a particularly busy day last week that she simply had no time to sit with His Word. She knew immediately the Holy Spirit was telling her ,“No. No. No.”, and when she read “No. No. No.” on a random sign, she was quickly convicted. She stopped what she was doing and sat down to open her Bible.

Selah

More interesting to me is the location of Selah in this psalm. The last two instances follow a repeated chorus, “The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (verses 7 and 11) A settled and confident refrain that declares the assurance of certain truth, implying that when we pause, selah, we ought to think intentionally on the truths we know to be unshakeable.

Perhaps part of your Monday can include carrying this truth with you into every meeting, phone call, and conversation. Remember Who fights for you, Who is present, Who holds you Strongly, and choose to selah.  

While the Sons of Korah call us to Selah after singing of our mighty fortress, the songwriters also call us to Selah after staring in the face of our struggles. (verses 2-3)

It can be easy to fall into the false belief that, because we are Christians, we must surely have all our struggles figured out and respond with a Bible verse platitude to pain.
“God has a plan.”
“Don’t worry.”
“Trust God.”

While all true statements, if we don’t take time to genuinely sit in the reality of pain and suffering, these truths land tritely and, instead of peace, we feel only irritation and frustration in our souls.

The call to Selah in Psalm 46 instructs differently.
“Though the earth trembles
 and mountains topple into the sea,
though waters roar
and mountains quake…”
Look square in the face of your pain and behold all of its terror.

Then, while anchoring in the Truth of Who your Stronghold is, choose selah.

We don’t need to pretend we’re fine, Sisters.
Let’s not hide our pain behind a Bible verse, let’s hold onto truth, all of truth, and choose to “pause and lift our hands in praise” despite all the real, raw mess.

Because, our God?
He’s the God of Angel Armies.
He’s our fortress.
He’s got this!

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Read Psalm 46:4-7 and answer these 3 questions in your journal.

a) What do these verses tell me about God and His character?

b) What do these verses tell me about others and the world around me?

c) How can I live differently because of these truths?

2) Close your time by praying for these truths to take root in your heart and for the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you more about these things today. Write out any questions you have as you read and send us an email; we’d love to study with you!

3) Memorize Psalm 46:4-7 and begin connecting it with verses 1-3 this week!

Close by reading Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found
in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,
though its water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.
Selah

There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
God is within her; she will not be toppled.
God will help her when the morning dawns.
Nations rage, kingdoms topple;
the earth melts when he lifts his voice.
The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

Come, see the works of the Lord,
who brings devastation on the earth.
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
he sets wagons ablaze.
10 “Stop fighting, and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
11 The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

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Merry O.
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24 days ago

God is not deterred by our mess and faithlessness; He pursues us with His perfect peace extended toward the chaos we permit to fill our days. I needed to read this today. Thank you!

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Pause VII, Day 5

The more we read His Word, trust what it says to be true, and put our full weight upon the Almighty God, the impossible becomes possible, and circumstances fade as worship takes center stage in our hearts. Fear’s grip loosens, peace floods, and Hope’s roots dig deeper, anchoring our hearts.

Anchoring is what comes to mind for me as I read Psalm 46. The lyrics begin with rock solid truth about what is known about God.

This leads to a stalwart statement of faith screaming into the winds of both tragedy and monotony, “Therefore, we will not fear!”.

Faith is anchored in God alone, and from it, Hope deepens.

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