Selah

May 23, 2012

     Over the last decade, I have come to rely heavily on the NIV for my personal study of the Bible.  But in the last month, I have had a new appreciation for the King James as well as the Amplified Bible.

     Previously, in reading the Psalms, I would notice the word “selah,” but I did not delve into the meaning of the word.  Now, that I know what it means, it really has added to my study of God’s Word.  The Amplifed Bible was the Biblical source that brought this information to light for me.

     For example, David writes, “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah” (Psalm 3:4, KJV).  “…..Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (Psalm 3:4, AMP).

     Also, David pens, “Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah” (Psalm 3:8, KJV).  “….. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (Psalm 3:8, AMP).

     In addition, David says, “Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah” (Psalm 24:10, KJV).  “…..Selah [pause, and think of that]!” (Psalm 24:10, AMP).

     It is amazing how one small word can make such a big impact.  And to think that I had missed out on this word’s meaning for so long.

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7 Responses to “Selah”

  1. amfbministry said

    Is it not wonderful to know that even King David informs us how important it is to think just how awesome our GOD is. Not to rush through and just think about who HE is; who we are in HIM; the promises that are for HIS kids. Also; we can take that time to meditate on HIS Word which means to chew as a cow chews the cud. In other words say over and over (mutter) to yourself a verse of scripture; let it get down into our heart. Make it apart of our being; so when we need it; it will come back to us. Selah is a wonderful word and a great practice when it comes to the knowledge of our GOD.

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