Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.”
Psalm 4:2 “How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah.”
It’s as if God is saying in this pearl, “Come on, people. How long are you going to turn my glory into something evil, how long are you going to replace me with gods of your choosing?”
O Lord, the heavens swell with your praises: the angels never cease to glorify you. But on earth . . . your name is blasphemed. We turn your glory into something evil. Wretched people we are!
You tell us to think on things that are good, true and worthy of praise. But instead we are lured by any old piece of forbidden fruit. What is our problem? Given the choice, we seem to favor evil over glory, delusion over truth. Are we ever going to see things your way?
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9-10)
Father God, may your kingdom be firmly established in my heart this very day! May your will be done on earth, and in my life.
Look up: Romans 3:10-18; Philippians 4:8