Pause and Think

For the readers of the Psalms the word “Selah” is a commonly repeated word occurring more than 70 times. It’s precise meaning is unclear but it’s basic idea is a pause or the suspension of music. One translator defines it as, “pause and calmly think on that!” In Psalm 89:48 we are asked to pause and think on,  “What man is he that liveth and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the power of the grave?” To calmly think upon the fact that every person you know, or even see, including yourself, will one day die is a sobering thought. It can not be avoided. But we are also asked to pause and think at Psalm 85:2, “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people; thou hast covered all their sins,” and Psalm 49:15,  “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave for he shall receive me!” We are asked to think upon the mercies being offered to us by God. Not the freedom from bodily death, but the opportunity to stand sinless and accepted before a Holy God. In the prophetic David wrote of a redeemer one thousand years before the coming of Jesus. A redeemer that would forgive sins and reconcile us to God, to enjoy a fellowship with God that was had by Adam and Eve as they tended the garden. In Revelation the church at Ephesus is admonished to remember from where they have fallen and repent (literally, to turn around and go the opposite way). Every one of us could be standing at our work station one day and standing before God the next. Let us pause and calmly think on that.

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