The word Selah has a meaning that is discussed and debated. It appears in the Psalms over 70 times and I just learned in Habakkuk. I like to think of it as a musical direction in a song that a) tells the singer to pause, take a breath and b) for the audience to pay attention this is important.
One of the best explanations I found was here and it mentions that the Amplified Bible uses this phrase each place where the word Selah appears:
Pause and calmly think about that
The idea behind this word is the idea behind this site – to pause. Not to stop, not to do something totally crazy but just to pause and take a deep breath before moving on.
The pause is an amazing concept if you think about it. You are asking your brain to do something it doesn’t like to do and totally against what we have trained it to do over the years. To slow down and stop racing a million miles a minute. Do you have those sleepless nights when your brain will just NOT turn off? I do and it is one of the most frustrating reasons to not be able to get to sleep. [Read more…]