There are moments in life when I have those wonderful “AHA” moments. When God shows up in big way… a cause for celebration, an answered prayer, a favorable outcome in a difficult situation, a new insight to truth from His Word…whatever it may be those moments are so thrilling and our hearts are full!
But there are times in life when it’s not a huge “AHA” moment but rather a “SELAH” moment.
Selah is a Hebrew word used often in the Psalms. Its exact meaning is not completely clear, it may give musical instruction at times or indicate a pause for various reasons. Some scholars translate it to mean to lift up, a pause, an interruption. For me, it’s that moment when God captivates my attention and gives me reason to just pause and breathe deeply. And although these moments may not carry the high of an AHA moment, they are just as thrilling! It’s that feeling of being awestruck by God’s presence in my life. And my heart is full.
I thought I’d share my SELAH moment from today with you. I was reading Ephesians 3:14-21, it’s one of Paul’s prayers for the believers in the church at Ephesus. I love the verse. I know it. I’ve read it and studied it and meditated on it many times. I’ve prayed it into my own life and into the lives of others. And it has always encouraged me. But today, I read it in a different translation, the New Living Translation. It wasn’t for the purpose of inductive study. It was simply a moment at the feet of Jesus. And it caused me to pause…to slow down…to really take it in, in a new way. I love how it begins, “When I think of all this…” I read it over and over and each time allowing myself to ponder another aspect of the “all this”. And each time feeling His love and strength, power and presence wash over me. And my heart is full! May it do the same for you today and may your heart be full with God’s abiding presence and unfailing, unfathomable love.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever. Amen!
Have you had a “SELAH” moment today? I’d love to hear about it. Share in the comments.
Rejoicing in Him!
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