Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH. Most scholars believe SELAH is a musical notation which in Hebrew might have meant, “Pause. . . think on these things ... meditate.”
“From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah.”
Hot on the heels of David’s cry for help in Psalm 3:4 comes this announcement of deliverance. David asked. God answered. God delivered. Deliverance is a blessing God grants to his people—all of his people, not just a favored few.
Over and over in scripture, we learn God is impartial. He loves each of his children as much as he loved David—even as much as he loves Jesus. How can this be? Because when God looks on his children, he sees us purchased and cleansed by the blood of his only-begotten Son, Jesus.
Remember, however, that God’s timetable is not always the same as ours. His ways and his thoughts are higher than ours1 based on the fact that he is God and we are not. So, as God’s children, we make our requests, confident that they have been heard. Then we wait on him to work all things out in his time and in his way.
Maybe there have been times in the past you felt you didn’t matter ... to anyone. Maybe that has kept you from asking God for deliverance. But you and I are incredibly important to almighty God, the One who created and sustains all things. He loved the world (everyone) so much that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever (that’s you and me) believes in him (Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life.2
This pearl reminds us that God delivers and blesses his people. Are you his child? Do you believe in Jesus? If so, I invite you to pray with me.
"Father God, how is it possible that you would even notice me here on earth ... and that you, the Creator of the entire world and everything in it, would choose me to be your child? Thank you for wanting me, loving me, delivering me from evil, and for securing me a place in heaven with you forever. Amen.
SELAH PEARL: GOD BLESSES US.
1 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
2 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).