Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 68:5-7
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 68:5-7 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, Selah, the earth shook.”
He’s father to the fatherless. One of the first decisions Dick and I made as Christians was to adopt a fatherless child. God brought us a little girl who was living in an orphanage in
Seoul, S. Korea. Kim completed our family. Now she and her older sister Stefanie have husbands and families of their own. And Dick and I have four precious grandchildren to love.
He defends widows. When my father died, my mother experienced the reality of God’s promise to be a defender, even a husband, to widows. God met Mom’s every need--giving her strength, health, protection, and wisdom for her everyday decision-making.
He sets the lonely in families. And wouldn’t you just know that families are God’s provision for the fatherless, widows, lonely and prisoners. God is (and I mean this reverently) a softy for the underdog, a champion for those who are downtrodden.
On the other hand, the rebellious live in a sun-scorched wasteland that quakes under God’s feet.
Look up: James 1:27; Isaiah 54:4-5; Psalm 128:1-4