What an unusual Hebrew word in Scripture. It is one which scholars cannot completely agree upon the meaning. Some say it is a musical term, others a liturgical signifier.
Often it is interpreted as “pause and think about it.”
We aren’t much to pause in our vigorous culture. We rush. We multitask. We move from one assignment to another, sometimes on auto-pilot. We accomplish much and travel far, but pausing is not on the agenda.
We fall into bed at night, exhausted, hoping to sleep just enough so we can begin the race again tomorrow.
What if we paused more often? Paused to view the sunrise in the morning. Paused to taste breakfast. Paused to listen to more than the words being spoken. Paused to give thanks for being able to move and work and think. Paused enough to enjoy the blessing of sleep. Paused to hear the still small voice of the Spirit.
Life is not an emergency, though we treat it as if it is sometimes.
Music needs a rest to emphasise the notes played. The rests in music make the remainder of the song more beautiful.
Today, pause. Rest. Take a deep breath. Worship with your heart in it. Sing your song out loud as you move to its rhythm. Hug your people long. Look into someones eyes and hear what the heart is trying to say.
Selah. Pause and think about this good life God has given you.