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by Tammy Phillips
March 25, 2021

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. (Psalms 3:4-5 KJV) 

The word “selah” is used in the King James Version of the Bible 75 times, mostly in the Psalms.  The Hebrew translation of selah is pause; cease; cause to rest; be silent.  Mostly used in the break of songs.

I like Webster’s 1828 dictionary definition:

PAUSE: noun paux. [Latin pausa; Gr. to cease, or cause to rest.]
A stop; a cessation or intermission of action, of speaking, singing, playing or the like; a temporary stop or rest.


PAUSE, verb intransitive pauz. To make a short stop; to cease to speak for a time; to intermit speaking or action.

In this crazy, seemingly, out of control world, it is so easy to become overwhelmed.  A friend and family member may say one thing.  The media says another.  The television says another and the “news” and social media…oh my goodness.

If it was a practice of David, I think it is definitely a practice that we should adapt! Selah. Whether it was a pause in His song or taking the time to reflect on the magnanimity of our great God, it was used often in the psalms. 

I enCOURAGE you to SELAH as often as you need.  Pause!  Take a break.  Meditate on our God who created the earth and all that is in it.  Think about His great love.  

I have a good friend who calls it the “EXHALE.” Whatever you call it, just do it.  Practice the Selah!

One thought on “SELAH”

  1. ❤ Yes! Selah. Stop and breathe. Exhale. (THOUGHTS: Your post prompted me to stop. It’s refreshing to the soul, spirit, mind and body. After we complete a difficult, lengthy (or not) task, what do we do? Breathe in, exhale, and say “whew” and then stop speaking. It clears our minds and refreshes our bodies to cease to speak, take a rest. Isn’t it beautiful how God’s Word teaches details of successful living? If we only have ears to hear and obey…)

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