Selah: The Forgotten Worship

Psalm 3 says, “1 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah 3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah” 

The word “Selah” is mentioned 71x in the Book of Psalms, and we oftentimes skim over this word, not really digesting its true meaning and definition. It means “to pause, a suspension in music” (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Definitions). It is a break in a song in order to ponder on the goodness of God and what He is speaking. We are all guilty of focusing so much on singing and worship that we do not make time to meditate on His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us and minister to our hearts exactly what is needed. Worship should always set the atmosphere for God to dwell and speak. 

According to the commentary founded in The Passion Translation Bible, Selah is “a pause in the song and music to meditate on the goodness of God and what He is revealing and speaking in His presence. It is closely related to the Hebrew word ‘Sela’, which means ‘a massive rock cliff’. It is believed that your Selah worship is etched in stone in the throne room of heaven”. It is mind boggling to really believe that our worship speaks for eternity, being etched in stone in the throne room of heaven. It is so valuable and precious to God that worship is always before Him. He is drawn to it like a magnet, and while we worship Him with words from our heart, it is through the prayer of meditation that the lines of communication are open and God etches His Word in our memories. We have belittled meditation into a form of idolatry practiced by Buddhists with their legs crossed on the floor when the prayer of meditation to the one true God brings authority and victory, renewing our minds to become spiritually minded and allowing God to fill our minds with His thoughts! By meditating on God’s Word day and night, Joshua had good success (Joshua 1:8). The Apostle Paul informs the church of Philippi that anxiety can never overwhelm their minds when they meditate on the praises of Yahweh (Philippians 4:6-8). It is time we find this place of Selah worship to the LORD, and we will draw closer to Him in a true, holy and consistent relationship!