Thank you to Holly for the opportunity to write and reflect and share my spiritual journey. Join us here!This series of posts is about our One Little Words for the year 2016 and how they will guide and impact our spiritual lives. Today we write about SELAH. This is my word. Join us, please!
SELAH is a word that appears in the Bible. It's exact meaning is unknown. I like that. It can mean praise. It can mean pause and reflect. I feel like SELAH is a word to take on faith. I believe this word will guide my year.
When I pick my word, I like to pick a word that's unusual...a word that one doesn't often hear in everyday life. To me, it makes it more special. SELAH is a word that popped into my vocabulary from one of my favorite women in the world, Glennon Doyle Melton.
She wrote about it one day on social media and her words are my definition. She wrote, "Selah means holy pause. The Selah is the space between what happens to us and how we respond to what happens to us. When we don't take a Selah—we tend to respond from fear."
In my spiritual life, I have faith. I believe, but I still often respond from fear first. It's like it takes awhile for the faith to kick in. What do I want from the word SELAH? I want to focus more on the faith and less on the fear. I want to remind myself that God is good and I'm not alone. I fail in this...daily...but I am working on it. By taking a SELAH, I'm reminding myself that God is with me and for me. Pray more, worry less. Believe...live that belief. I say the words. I mean the words. I don't always live those words. SELAH is a slowing down. A stop and think before I react. A moment to think about the why. A pause and reflect.
We all need these moments. My last blog post I wrote about how everyone has a story. Thinking about that means taking a SELAH. Believing that we are all out there doing our best and trying our hardest...that's the way I want to live. What does SELAH mean? It's a way to live. Prayer. Grace. Forgiveness. Reflection. Love.
You gave him his heart's desire. You did not refuse the prayer from his lips. SELAH Psalm 21:2
You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyous songs of salvation. SELAH Psalm 32:7
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. SELAH Psalm 46:11