In the Psalms we frequently see a word, Selah, tucked in among the verses. That little word packs a lot of wisdom. The Amplified version of the Bible renders that word, “stop and think about that.” The Psalmists use it as a word of warning, encouragement, and comfort. It’s a two-step process to victory in our Christian walk.
“But you are a shield around me, O Lord, you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah” (Psalm 3:3-4).
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with sons of deliverance. Selah” (Psalm 3:7)
When difficulties come, stop and think about God as your shield and your hiding place. Think about Him placing His great hand under your chin and lifting your sorrowful head. Thank Him for His protection and deliverance.
“How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. Selah” (Psalm 47:2-4).
Stop and think about how worthy God is to be praised – He is the Lord Most High, the great King, the Sovereign over every nation. Now stop and think about how He has chosen you as His own.
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah (Psalm 68:19)
When you are weighted down with burdens, stop and think about God calling you to cast them all on Him so your heart can be at rest. Then do it.
If there is a “secret” to surviving life on this side of heaven it is this: Stop and Think. Stop worrying, stop agonizing, stop fretting, stop comparing. Stop letting your thoughts control you and take control of your thoughts. Think about who He is, think about who you are because of Him, think about His faithfulness in the past, think about His promises, and think about what is true and right and pure and worthy. Beloved, it’s time stop the negativity in your head, to stop the voice of the enemy speaking doubt and fear and temptation. It’s time to fill your heart and mind with the Words of your Creator and Father and Savior – words of truth and hope and strength.
Stop and Think – and step up in victory!