Saturday, December 5, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 140:5

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 140:5 “Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.  Selah.”


David’s plight reminds me of soldiers walking through enemy fields that have been booby-trapped with land mines.  Even though the soldiers know the traps are there, they don’t know the exact locations.  Every step represents possible disaster.

In the civilian world, raising children is fraught with danger.  As parents, our aim is to help them navigate the adolescent years to emerge as solid citizens and leaders of positive enterprises.  We know the landmines of peer pressure and temptation are there, but not exactly where.

Besides admitting our helplessness, there’s only one thing to be done in situations like these—turn to God. And that’s exactly what David does in the next Selah pearl. 


Look up: Psalm 73:25-28; Proverbs 3:5-6


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