Selah

Today is Friday, March 3, 2017. Seven days until our Glen Rose weekend!

Quote of the Day

“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” ~ Robert Frost

Word of the Day

Hydra ~ a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved.

Today is Employee Appreciation Day. Hah! I won’t be holding my breath to see if the place where I work recognizes this.

As previously noted, today is Friday. That’s almost always a good thing, even if it falls on the thirteenth day of the month.

The main thing up for this weekend is Night of Worship tomorrow. As usual, I will be at the host’s home by 3:00 PM, which makes for a fairly long day. But we have a good time with this, so that helps. I’m praying that this NoW will be the best one, yet. It would be hard to top the last one, but, “with God nothing shall be impossible,” right?

31 days until Opening Day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
Psalm 66:4
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
Psalm 106:47
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Psalm 85:10
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 16:24-25

(From The President’s Devotional)

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.
Psalm 46:11

That word at the end of so many verses in the Psalms. “Selah.” No one really knows what it means. There are many opinions, some more educated than others. Some believe it to be musical instruction. These were, after all, songs to be sung. Others believe it to be “an instruction to the reader to pause and meditate on the passage’s meaning.”

However, there is another interpretation that adds even more to it. Selah was an actual place, you see (and still is). It is a walled city in what is now known as Jordan. It is no longer called Selah (or Sela), but is now known as Petra. But it is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. 2 Kings 14:7 mentions it, along with a few other places. Perhaps, according to some theologians, more than just pausing to meditate, the Psalmist is “reminding us to rest in the safety of God’s arms.” (Emphasis by author)

“Knowing that we are protected. Knowing that the forces of this day, this world, this life cannot penetrate God’s merciful fortress. In this security, we can experience true rest and release.”

“Dear God, I follow your command to selah today. I reflect on your word and meditate, within the safety of your arms. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, thank you for showing me this possible meaning for a mysterious word that occurs in Scripture. Whether or not this is actually the case, I have no idea, of course, but it makes sense. Either way, there is nothing wrong with the idea of pausing to reflect and rest in the safety of your mighty arms. There are plenty of other verses to back that up. So today, I purpose to do that. I will rest in your arms, no matter what comes my way.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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