Monday, November 23, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 87:6

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 87:6 “The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: ‘This one was born in Zion.’ Selah.”


God considers where we were born.  Some in Zion.  Some in.Zurich.  Others in Albania or Angola.

He cares about all people and he understands that we have had many differing opportunities, often depending on where we were born. Many of his children who have been “last” on earth will receive front-row seats in heaven. Those who have been “first” will need to account for how we invested our talents. God knows our names and our birthplaces, and he writes them in his register of the peoples.

There’s another register of people, the Lamb’s Book of Life.  I want my name written there as well.  In that book are the names of those who were born again, this time not in a place—but in the person of Jesus Christ. Those whose names are written in his book will gather from every nation, every tribe throughout the world,
     living together before his face,
     praising together in that heavenly place,
     whooping it up before the throne of grace,
     one body,
     world without end.


Look up: Matthew 19:30; Isaiah 43:1; Revelation 21:27; Acts 4:12; John 3:16

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