Saturday, October 24, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 61:4

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 61:4 “I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.”


We took so many camping trips when I was a kid that I don’t care if I ever set foot in a tent again. Despite daily activities of fishing, swimming, and exploring, nights were something else again. I was scared most of the time and longed for the safety of home!

Though a canvas tent is durable against the rain, it doesn’t provide much protection from bears that roam campgrounds at night scouring for food. Sometimes in the morning, we kids would detect paw prints all around the tent (sometimes even on it!) and realize we might have been instant breakfast for bears.

This pearl describes another kind of tent, one offering more than shelter—one offering protection. The owner figuratively spreads his wings over the tent and its occupants. Safety reigns. No worries, no cares. No bears! This campout will be heavenly . . . and it will never end.


Look up: Psalm 91:1-2


  1. Julie, This is great! I remember feeling afraid when camping as a child (and adult) too. Somehow my dad's presence always comforted me. It is wonderful that we have a Father who is bigger than bears and anything else we face! Thanks for the great reminder.

  2. It's so true! And to think His protection is forever! Thanks for your comment, Beth!