Selah is a Hebrew word that is difficult to translate – it is most likely a literary or musical term, along the lines of “stop and listen.” I like the way it is translated in Amplified Bible as, “pause, and think of that.”
As we’re switching gears into Scriptural topics, more technical details, if you will, I think it’s important to pause and remember the Author. This Sunday one of the pastors at Calvary Chapel of Chattanooga, where I was visiting, opened up a time of prayer with this verse:
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God!
I John 3:1a KJV
That is something worth pausing and thinking more about. What manner of love – in the NIV this verse reads, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us…”
The other day I saw an advertisement for an “extravagant Christmas gift…” and I thought, “It’s already been done.” How can we get a more extravagant gift that that of the Son of God? How can we do better than all the deepness of the love of Jesus?
Many times as one battles vs. chronic sins, it’s easy to get caught up in the fight and forget that the war has actually already been won. I’m not a proponent of the “name it and claim it” philosophy – where one says that they have already achieved riches or healing, in a type of game in which you’re hoping that by saying and believing the statement it will come true. But spiritually speaking, it does us well to remember that death has been conquered through Jesus, and nothing can separate us from His love.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As Christians, in this culture especially, we spend (and waste) a lot of time fighting the wrong things. We are champion shadow boxers, while a world and a New Kingdom are waiting for us to use our gifts and talents to meet real needs in a real world.
This is true whether we’re demonizing political figures, singers or actors, or fighting against our own sinful behaviors rather than getting at the true root issues underlying them.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
It can be transformative to simply rest in our Lord’s love. To meditate on and memorize the passages that tell of His love for us.
The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you;
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
I really appreciated Regeneration Ministries’ article along these lines in their newsletter earlier this year. Here is the link if you’d like to check it out:
As we enter into this holiday season – this Holy Day season – let’s remember the love that has been lavished on us, and to lean on Him and rest in it.