Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet! 😀
This is Week 19 of this series, so this week it is all about the letter “S”.
I have always loved the word, Selah. Did you know, in Hebrew it means to lift up, or exalt?
I always understood the word ‘selah’ in the bible to mean ‘pause and meditate’. This word comes from two Hebrew words: s_lah, “to praise”; and s_lal, “to lift up.” As we read, as I see it, we ought to take time to pause, meditate and lift up the Lord, praising His goodness! Yet as I have read and explored this word, I Have learned that there is so much to this word!
Did you know Selah is an actual place?
“He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day. ” 2 Kings 14:7
Today it is known as the city of Petra, located in Jordan.
Selah (Sela) is also mentioned in the book of Isaiah :
“Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. For it shall be that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.” Isaiah 16:1-2
Isaiah 42:11 calls the people of Selah “inhabitants of the rock” and in Obadiah there is mention of a civilization which lives in the rocks in the Land of Edom.
It is also said that the use of the word Selah in the Bible refers to “a hiding place” perhaps specifically for the Jews during the tribulation times? It is said, and I searched and can see myself, how the word Selah often is followed very closely by a reference to Christ’s coming.
Since the Psalms were originally the “song book of Israel” perhaps the pause, was also an opportunity for musicians to pause and praise our great God!
“All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.” Selah! (Psalm 66:4).
So many varying ways this one word, Selah, is interpreted. And every way, in some way, pointing us to the Lord. Whether when He is our hiding place, or when we are still waiting and meditating upon His word, always our God is surely worthy of praise and glory. May this simple word remind us always to take the time to truly understand all that the Word really means. For it is a letter of love from our God; it is a truth that cannot be taken lightly but ought to be fully thought upon that we truly appreciate all He has for us! Blessed be the Lord ~~~ Selah ! ❤