When we read word Selah in the Book of Psalms, most of us tend to skim over it, unsure of its meaning. But there is a lot of meaning packed into this little word. Selah is a Hebrew word that means to pause and reflect on what you’ve just read. Try it. Read Psalm 46 below, pausing to reflect on the passage when prompted by this word, Selah.

Psalm 46 (NKJV)

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.  Selah

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah

As you read and reflected on this Psalm, could you hear God’s voice speaking to you? God speaks to us in many ways and circumstances: as we read The Bible or observe nature (His creation); in our relationships; through our heartaches and triumphs; and especially when we just sit still and focus on Him. All we have to do is pause and listen for His voice.

Sheila Skipper

Simply…Selah is a collection of thoughts and observations from my walk as a single woman serving Christ in various roles of my life. I am a public relations professional turned professor and a former foster mom. Join me on this journey and pause to reflect upon the lessons our Lord is teaching us ….


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