There is no doubt that we live in a fast-paced world. We have phones that can connect around the world in a matter of miinutes. We haven almost instant world-wide access to information about nearly anything from anywhere. Our transportation is quicker and more efficient than ever before, and we seem to have more on our plate to do than any previous generation. What do we have to do to get a break? How are we supposed to get it all done?
In the Fourth Psalm, David uses the word "Se"-lah" on two different occasions. First, at the end of verse two, after asking how long will glory be turned to shame and how long will we love vanity and seek after that which is false (leasing)?, and again, at the close of verse four, we find the same word. This verse starts off with a challenge to "Stand in awe, and sin not:" and then asks us to commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Se'-lah."
The word "Se'-lah" is a word that encourages a pause or a hold in a musical arrangement. Since the Book of Psalms is the great song book of the Bible, we can now understand the placement of this word. However, since the Book of Psalms is also included as a part of God's Holy Word, we can now look for the application to our lives. Notice the context: in verses one and two, we find David asking for mercy and confessing the sinfulness of man. We then see the need to stop and think about what has been said. In verse three, David reminds us that as the child of God, we are set aopart for Him and that we can always call upon Him for comfort and strength. Verse four gives a command to "Stand in awe, and sin not." We most definitely need to give that some thought on a daily basis.
In a day in which we are stretched thin and we seem to not have enough time to get it all done, it is of the most importance that we stop and think about our sinfulness and God's mercy. Without this "pause" in our daily life, we can easily be overcome by the snares and deceit of Satan. This week will you determine to let God have more of your time. Se'-lah.
Saved to Serve,
Pastor Darrell Roe