Pause in God’s Presence

The word selah appears more than 70 times in Psalms. It means to stop and think, or to pause in God’s presence.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah.
─ Psalm 32:7 ESV

Throughout the Psalms, David shared his hopes, dreams, fears and faith. He often came to God in pain, agony and overwhelming distress. But when you read his words, you can see the ebb and flow of the turmoil churning in his soul as he brings the wounds and pain to the surface and pours them out to God.

Welcome the pause and allow God to change your perspective.

Then, selah! A change occurs in David. By faith, as he pauses in God’s presence, his perspective changes. Hope rises, as evidenced in David’s words in the verse above.

The truth of who God has been and will continue to be in David’s life rushes forth. He begins to declare God’s faithfulness. He acknowledges God at work, even when he can’t see it, and especially when he doesn’t feel it.

You can trust God, just as David did. God is at work in your life doing something you can’t see to bring about His best in your life.

Today’s One Thing
Take time today to stop and think. Welcome the pause as you quiet yourself before the Lord. Listen to your own heart, express your thoughts and feelings to Him, and then respond to Him by allowing His thoughts to become your own as you begin to see things from a different perspective.

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