Thursday, November 19, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 84:8

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 84:8 “Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob.  Selah.”


Imagine using the imperative voice to talk to the LORD God Almighty.  “Hear my prayer.”  “Listen to me.”  It sounds insolent.  How did the psalmist get away with it? 

He was one of God’s children.
God gives his children free access to himself.  He tells us to come boldly to his Throne of Grace to find help when we need it.  Why?  Because his heart is warm toward his children.  Ask, and it will be given to you.

Caroline and John John Kennedy had free run of the Oval Office when JFK was President of the United States.  And the same is, doubtlessly, true of President Obama's girls. They are, after all, his children!  Children can get right up in Daddy’s face and say, “Daddy, look at me! Listen to me!”  And Daddy will respond, whether he’s president, plumber, or potter.

How much more will the God who created, saved, and sustains us be willing to put up with the artless demands of his children.  More than willing—he delights in us.


Look up: Hebrews 4:16; Matthew 7:7; Zephaniah 3:17

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