My word is “selah.”
It has been my focal word. “Selah” is used at the end of various psalms, but Biblical scholars aren’t 100% sure what it means.
When I was researching it, I found an article on GotQuestions.org and this excerpt is a large part of why I chose it:
“Selah is also thought to be rendered from two Hebrew words: s_lah, ‘to praise’; and s_lal, ‘to lift up.’ Another commentator believes it comes from salah, ‘to pause.'”
I decided everyone was right and I’ve embraced selah as “pause, praise, and pray.”
I think God knew I needed this word this year.
He knew I needed an ongoing reminder to take time to pray and praise Him.
I’m in one of the busiest seasons I can remember… I started a new job; am still writing for my old job; I have my volunteer responsibilities at my church and with Proverbs 31 Ministries; and of course, my family and friends are always priorities for me.
It’s vitally important in any season of life, but especially so in a busy one…
We have to pause, praise, and pray.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 says, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying.”
Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
And Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
No matter where you are in life or how much you have on your plate, remember to “selah.”
Today, as you pray, ask God to show you where there are moments to be paused.
Ask Him to remind you that prayer doesn’t happen once and then you can check it off the to-do list… it’s a constant ongoing thread that should be included in every part of your day.
And praise Him that through Jesus, you can bow before the throne of God at any time, any day, any place, and any time.