Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016: Selah: Pause and Remember

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 172  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Jordan Smith on the Voice competition singing, … Great is Thy Faithfulness, beautifully expressing what we should pause to remember EVERY DAY.

Highlight Passage:  Psalm 68:19 [NKJV] …  
19 Blessed by the LORD, Who daily loads us with benefits, … the God of our Salvation!  Selah 
 … We need to take time to reflect upon the greatness of our saving God.
Highlight Context – Psalm 68:7-10, 19-20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
“Salah” … pause and reflect on the greatness of our God!!

Reference Passage #1 … Lamentations 3:22-23 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… How great is our God!!!

Reference Passage #3 … 2nd Corinthians 12: 9 [NKJV] …  
9 … [Jesus] … “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in [your] weakness.
… In moments of our weakness, we can rely on God’s grace.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Dave Roper, tells a personal story of the meaning behind the Army term, “Hoo-ah,” which soldiers use to encourage other soldiers in moments of challenge. Apparently, the ODB author was in a Bible study with a number of old Army buddies later in life; and these old soldiers would substitute the term “Hoo-ah” every time they read the term “Selah,” in the Psalms.

And really, … that’s not a bad substitution; because the Hebrew term “selah” was a musical interlude or pause during one of those Jewish songs for the hearer to reflect on God and what was being said about the Lord in the psalm. For example, in today’s ODB highlight passage the psalmist was singing about the greatness of his God, Whom the psalmist sung brings salvation and goodness into the lives of believers every day [see Psalm 68:19]. And wanting his listeners to reflect on that truth, we read “Selah,” to pause and reflect on the greatness of our God. And really, that’s what Jesus wanted the Apostle Paul to do in a moment of reflection and pain when, in 2nd Cor. 12: 9, we read of Paul stopping to reflect and remembering the words of Jesus for him (and us) to remember that the Lord’s grace and strength is always there to replace our weakness.

My friend, do we need a “selah” here in this moment … a time to stop and remember, as Jordan Smith sings about as linked above, … “How Great Is our God!” I needed that today; and I’m glad my devotional time here today gave me a “selah” to reflect on my Lord.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Lord, You are so great; and I thank You for stopping by in your word to remind me today.    Amen    

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