In Psalm 77 Asaph talks about his day of trouble. In it, he desperately calls out to God in a very transparent way for His help. Throughout the passage we see the word “Selah”, which in the Psalms, is a musical term that signifies a rest or a pause. They are meant to signify a purposeful moment of silence.
We all need those times in life when we take a moment of silence to reflect on what is happening around us. Sometimes they are brought on by such happiness we have no words and sometimes by moments of incomprehensible grief.
A few months ago my 31-year-old nephew died. When I arrived at my sister’s door, after hearing the news, we simply embraced for several minutes without speaking. There was no need to talk about how he died or the sorrow of his leaving us to soon. We just needed time to reflect on the emotions we were experiencing. It was indeed a Selah moment.
This past week I had the opportunity to spend a morning talking with a group of leaders about the need to engage women in leadership. A vision was cast for developing new ways to equip women for service. Before leaving, I was so filled with joy that I simply held the woman that had facilitated our morning. There was no need for words. It was a Selah moment.
Some of the most amazing times in our life, whether sorrowful or full of joy, are signified by our silence. Take time to be silent before the Lord and be sustained by His grace.
What Selah moments have you recently had in your life?
I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. – Psalm 77:12-13