Friday, November 6, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 75:3

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 75:3 “When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.  Selah.”


In the 21st Century, we feel confident about man’s successes in science, medicine, economics, manufacturing, and social services.  We crisscross the globe at will, jetting to this or that popular resort.  We have money, we have free time.  Some would say, “We have it all!”

And then a tsunami strikes.  Or an earthquake, volcano, flood.  Possibly a tornado or hurricane.  The earth and all its people tremble. We shudder in horror at the destruction a giant wave can impose on unsuspecting men, women and children simply enjoying a Sunday morning on the beach.

We don’t have it all!  Far from it!  But God does.  He holds the pillars firm so that nothing can knock the earth off its axis. The shields of the earth belong to him (Psalm 47:9 NKJV). He knows the pathways of the seas (Psalm 8:8).  He inhabits land, air, water . . . and the praises of his people.

He is our foundation.  He’s got the whole world in his hands. In that, we can be confident!


Look up: Psalm 139:7-12; Psalm 22:3; Habakkuk 3.

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