Monday, February 20, 2006

se·lah

[Hebrew selâ.]
The word selah is found all throughout the book of Psalms, and it’s meaning comes down to this: To pause and reflect on what has just been said.
As well as looking at God’s word, I’m reading a variety of books in my morning time with God. The book I’m reading at the moment is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Meditations on Psalms.
On July 15, 1928 Bonhoeffer preached on Psalm 62.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah.
Bonhoeffer goes on to say something very interesting; Fear is a symbol of our time. We busy ourselves because we fear the silence of having to pause and reflect on life. On our life. It’s too scary, it’s uncomfortable. But if we don’t, how can we really connect with God?
It seems to me that today we are too a society based on fear. The media promotes fear, and pushes us toward the selfishness of consumerism to find fulfilment. We’re too scared to even spend ten minutes a day in silence, to focus on God because we’re too scared of what we might see in our selves. But if we don’t, then how can we push through all of our baggage and begin to engage in God and find our inner peace?

2 comments:

servant said...

"Selah"

I'm in love with that word and the concept it conveys.

onscreen said...

It is a concept we should all embrace a little more than we do.

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