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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July 30, 2011
The Psalmist David, Israel’s greatest king, wrote these words in Hebrew three-thousand years ago. But just like all Scripture, it is as relevant and applicable now as it was then. These few verses from the Old Testament speak volumes to modern-day humanity. David writes:
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The part of this passage that really speaks to me is found in verse two. But if I am “meditating on God’s Word day and night,” that will mean less television time, less internet time and less pleasure-seeking for me. Hopefully, I will begin to really take this message to heart and begin a real study of the Word and not just a chapter a day or fifteen minutes a day.
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