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 46:7, 11 “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.”
Have you ever felt small and alone? At times I have felt as insignificant as a speck of dust, that no one would miss me if I dropped off the face of the earth.
Jacob may have felt that way when he left his home after a lifetime of deception and fraud. Off into the desert he fled from his angry brother Esau, fled for his life! Bedding down for the night, head on a stone pillow, Jacob had time to consider the blessing he had stolen from his brother, to consider what a wretch he had been. But as sleep overcame him, he dreamed of angels ascending and descending a stairway. Above the stairway stood the LORD.
The LORD told Jacob that he would bless him with land and descendants to cover it like the dust of the earth. Suddenly, that speck of dust, alone and wretched, was promised a future and an inheritance. Did he deserve such a blessing? No. Hadn’t he just stolen a much smaller blessing from his brother? Yes. Yet God promised to protect Jacob and became a fortress for his people.
God chooses to bless whom he will, even those who have strayed far from home, who are fleeing past mistakes, who rest their heads in stony places, who feel small and alone. Why? God’s view is eternal: he sees the big picture. He has a Master Plan.
Look up: Genesis 28:10-15; Psalm 19:1; Jeremiah 29:11.