God laid Fast Wednesdays on my heart in 2011. Over the years, we have had some reflections that have impacted me in great ways. Our Fast Wednesdays for today comes from our archives, July, 2015. Occasionally, I like to post something from the past for various reasons. Today is one of those days: 1) I am relaxing in God’s grace and mercy today 2) we all could stand to pause and calmly reflect in this world of busyness and 3) there’s some great information on the word “Selah” to share/food for thought.
The Amplified Bible adds “pause and calmly think about that” to each verse where “Selah” appears. When we see the word in a psalm or in Habakkuk 3, we should pause to carefully weigh the meaning of what we have just read or heard, lifting up our hearts in praise to God for His great truths. “All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.” Selah! (Psalm 66:4).
Apparently there’s approximately 71 scriptures in the book of Psalms which end with Selah. The book Habakkuk has 3 scriptures.
Today, let us pause and calmly think about all the things we are grateful and thankful for and praise God for each and every one of them. Then let us remember those ancestors who sacrificed so much for us, followed by our teachers, mentors, doctors, nurses, co workers, and others who support us strongly, and next by those loved ones whom we see, feel, and touch, and perhaps take them for granted, thank them. Before you know it, we have created and avalanche of gratitude.
Back in July, 2015, I was inspired by former astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison. Her panel discussion was titled “The sky is NOT the limit!” and she shared that we all achieve greatness with: Exposures, Expectations and Experiences.
So remember “Selah: Pause and Calmly Think About That” and that you “are a vessel full of power” so make sure you let your light shine for you have treasure hidden in you from the Lord.
Kathy Taylor – “Corinthian Song” at Mt Zion Nashville
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/selah.html#ixzz3ecdnzHxe
Psalm 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
Psalm 3:4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
Psalm 4:2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Psalm 7:5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
Psalm 9:16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
Psalm 9:20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
Psalm 20:3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
Psalm 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
Psalm 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Psalm 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalm 32:4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psalm 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
Psalm 39:11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
Psalm 44:8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.
Psalm 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Psalm 46:7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psalm 46:11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psalm 47:4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
Psalm 48:8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
Psalm 49:13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Psalm 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
Psalm 52:3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psalm 54:3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
Psalm 55:7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
Psalm 55:19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
Psalm 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
Psalm 59:5 Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
Psalm 59:13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
Psalm 60:4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
Psalm 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psalm 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
Psalm 66:7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
Psalm 66:15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
Psalm 67:1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
Psalm 67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Psalm 68:7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Psalm 68:32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
Psalm 75:3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
Psalm 76:3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
Psalm 76:9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
Psalm 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
Psalm 77:9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
Psalm 77:15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psalm 84:8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
Psalm 85:2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
Psalm 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
Psalm 87:6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
Psalm 88:7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
Psalm 88:10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
Psalm 89:4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
Psalm 89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
Psalm 89:45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.
Psalm 89:48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.
Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
Psalm 140:8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
Habakkuk 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
Habakkuk 3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
Habakkuk 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
Dear Lord, we come to you today, thanking you for being God, the creator of the heavens, earth, the known and the unknown, and everything in between. We pray father, that today, we do not limit you or put you in a box. Let us have open minds, hearts and souls that adore you. Help us remember that we all achieve greatness with: Exposures, Expectations and Experiences. May you forever be glorified is our prayer. Amen.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Fuller Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!
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