Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 88:7
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 88:7 “Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. Selah."
Have there been times when you felt overwhelmed, and hopeless? Perhaps a friend or relative has let you down . . . or an enemy has unleashed his wrath upon you. Ouch! It hurts, doesn't it?
Now consider how you'd feel if the God of the universe, Ruler over land and sea, had unleashed his waves of wrath upon you. You might wonder, "Why? What did I do?" Or perhaps you know all too well what you did.
What is the proper response when you are overwhelmed? It is to run to God, not from him. Think of the words of Job who trusted his Creator so completely he said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him."
Call to mind God's faithfulness toward you in the past, as well as his tender mercies that are new every morning. And remember . . . God only chastens those he loves.
Look up: Job 13:15; Psalm 13:1-6; 61:1-8; 119: 75; Lamentations 3:22-25; Hebrews 12:6