Sometimes we think so much. At least, I do! I don’t know about you?
I wonder and I think. I try to make sense of life. I love the profound meditations of Psalms where David writes ‘Selah.’ We translate it to mean – ‘stop and listen’ or ‘pause and calmly think on this.’
Or maybe it signifies a break in the song, like a silence where nothing plays at all, except the beating of our heart inside our chest that has been caught by the melody.
Maybe Selah is a prayer ending in Amen – a cry that says ‘Let it be done.’ Or the phrase in the Anglican prayer book that I grew up holding, in the pews of my dad’s church, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
Selah may mean ‘to hang,’ like things are being measured on a balance scale. It’s hard to explain and comprehend that silent thought that reverberates through our soul.
What if Satan asked God for permission to try you? To strip everything away, the way he did to Job? And what if God gave him permission knowing that in the end you would stand? What if he challenged every dream of your heart? What if he destroyed everything you held dear? Would you still declare that he was God? Could you still be still?
What if in the end when you think you had lost it all, you discovered that you gained far more? What if you were stripped of your own methods to fix things, reliant on others to come to your aid, unsure if life would exist tomorrow you learned the wonder of today? What if you, through all that was eroded away, discovered something new? What if you discovered an ability to look death in the face and be unintimidated by anything at all?
What if you were able to rely completely on God in heaven, discover His strength in today. What if your own intellect no longer limited you, nor your personality, nor your wealth? What if you could do anything at all? What if somehow being stripped of your ‘everything,’ there was an exchange? What if a new presence and power was made manifest in your life? Would it be worth it? Would you still pray God use my life?
If we let go and let God, putting all our trust in Him, would He really be able to do what His word promises? And if so, could you think outside the small box of your life and live by His unlimited power? What would that look like?
These are my thoughts this Selah Sunday.