One of my favorite words in the Bible is the word: selah. It’s tiny and often overlooked as just this strange extra word scattered throughout the Psalms. I love it because it’s meaning isn’t really able to be defined completely, so the closest some have come is saying that it means:
Stop and consider the weight of…
The psalmists used it, I’m sure not only as a musical notation, but also because they wanted the reader, the singer to literally pause and consider the weight and truth of what was being sung.
Today I am struck by the ways in which God puts selah into our everyday lives – things to stop us in our tracks and cause wonder. Things that make us feel small and him rightfully so much bigger than we can even put together in our pea-sized brains. The view of a mountain landscape after a hike. Standing at the edge of the ocean listening to it roar. Looking in the face of your newborn child. Watching a space shuttle launch into space. Laughing with friends during a shared meal. Standing at the base of a waterfall. The moments between the hit and the homer. Waiting in the darkness as the photographic image begins to emerge underneath the developer…
I could seriously go on for days and days.
I need to have the reminder of being the created thing that gets to revel in the Master’s creation – daily, somehow. Know like, the shepherds did, that outcast though I may be, I have been included into God’s big and wonder-filled story.
Take a moment today to look closely at something small – all it’s details and intricacy – and then stand before something big – something vast and loud that makes you feel small. Thank God for how wonderful he is! Take a look, too, at something you have made or been a part of making – thank God that this small act of creativity is a reflection of his image as the Master Designer and Maker.
Photos by Karen Wang .