Sacred Spaces 593 – Bring back the Selah

I miss the Selah.

A few years back, I wrote this: Where is the Selah? (can’t believe it’s been 5 years already)

The word Selah was taken out of the scriptures. Namely, the Psalms and Habakkuk 3.
(I really don’t understand why? I was under the impression, that we were not supposed to add or take anything from scripture: Deuteronomy 4: 2 & Revelation 22: 18 – 19)

So, who gave these bible translators, the permission?
To remove the Selah?

So what is Selah? (You should read my previous Selah post. Link above. But I will explain again, shortly.)

Here are some samples from scripture:

Habakkuk 3:
“God came from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran. SELAH
His glory covered the heavens
and his praise filled the earth.

You uncovered your bow,
you called for many arrows. SELAH
You split the earth with rivers;
the mountains saw you and writhed.”

And then from Psalm 77:
(The Psalms have a lot of them)

I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint. SELAH
You kept my eyes from closing.


The Selah was put in Psalms and other scripture to allow the reader to pause and ponder.

Life in 2019 (in these modern days) is way too fast.
We’re getting more and more efficient.
We’re saving time

But are we really saving time?

We move so fast,
Trying to be so productive.
We take out the word, Selah from the scriptures.
Worst is, we take the Selah out of our lives.

We don’t pause and ponder anymore.

Life is supposed to have a certain cadence to it.
A certain rhythm.
But there is no rhythm if we omit the Selah moments.

How can you add a pause moment?
A wonder moment?
What are you missing with LIVING TOO FAST?

Maybe, you are missing your spouse’s smile?
Maybe, you are missing your child holding your hand.
Maybe, you are missing the colours in the sky.
Maybe, you are not stopping to “smell the roses”
Maybe, you are not hearing the birdsong.
Maybe, you are missing your favourite song?

Bring back the Selah!

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