Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 59:5

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 59:5 “O LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to wicked traitors.  Selah.”


Sounds like David has had a bellyful of wicked traitors!  He’s fed up! If you read I Samuel, you’ll see that he had good reason to be angry.  You’ll also see that he turned the evildoers over to God’s judgment. And it’s a good thing, too, for God (despite David’s plea) is known for showing mercy . . . more mercy than we who are quick to speak and quick to anger.

When I am angry with someone, I try to do as David did—give it to God.  I have found that he has a handle on working all things together for good.

If God seems slow in bringing judgment, it’s not because he is asleep, unaware, deaf, or uncaring.  Working things together for good takes time, especially where humans are involved.  Sometimes both parties need to address some issuesneed to do some growing upbefore attempts at reconciliation can be made.

As for mercy, God will decide who gets that.


Look up: Lamentations 3:22-23; James 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:26; Romans 8:28; 12:17-20; Psalm 18:25-26 (KJV). 

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