As I was discussing an issue with my grandson the other day, and my husband remarked that I’m like a detective. Sometimes we have to keep digging until we get to the real story. There are usually layers of the story woven into a child’s perspective. That’s true for us adults as well. We think we know something about a particular topic, until we realize that there is more to the story.
Selah. I always thought it was a word that indicated a period. As in ‘the end’. An Amen. A stopping point from one Psalm to the next. You guessed it. It means so much more than that. Selah is a mark of separation, but the reasons are many and varied. Selah is thought by some to be a pause for the psalmist (or singers) for a breather. Another thought is that the word Selah is the point for a vocal pause and a continuation with only instruments. Another is that it depicts a good placement for praising God.
The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, adds meaningful encouragement to each reference to the word Selah. It might say ‘pause and think of that’, or ‘pause and calmly think of that’. A moment of quiet reflection is called for in either instance. An then there is Psalm 85:2.
Psalm 85:2 AMPC
“You have forgiven and taken away the iniquity of Your people, You have covered all their sin. Selah [pause, and calmly realize what that means]!”
The Selah here in Psalm 85:2 is so much more. A pause with a recommendation. ‘Pause and calmly realize what that means’. God’s love for us is so full and so magnanimous that He provides a covering for our sins. That’s plural. It says all their sin. He has made a way for us, through Jesus. Jesus is God’s provision for us and that is a definitely a Selah moment.
Selah. Pause and calmly consider all that Jesus provides for us. Selah. Pause and calmly thank God for His provision. Selah. Pause and thank God for Jesus. Selah. Pause and praise God. Selah. Amen. Period.