Selah! This may be the most mysterious word in the Bible. It appears at the end of verses primarily in the books of Psalms and Habakkuk. There’s no one definition but all may be summed up to be interpreted as: “stop and listen”, or “pause and consider”, or “contemplate, reflect and praise”. The operative word in these definitions—though only implicit—is silence.
Abba Father, I pause before You in the silence of quietness
I calm all around me and within that which would distract from the tranquility of peacefulness
I slow the racing of my thoughts and pause to dwell upon Your kindness
I settle my heart in contemplative wonder of creation’s vastness
Abba Father, I pause so I may feel You in the gentleness of the breeze
To reflect on You in the stillness of the billowing clouds
To behold Your greatness in the expanse of the oceans
And praise You from the gratefulness in my being
Abba Father, I pause in this moment, to embrace the silence
Settling in to hear You with my heart
I wait in contemplative quietness for You
For in You my soul rests in Shabbat Shalom
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