Sermon

Selah Sunday

Steve Kelly | December 29, 2019

Selah Sunday By Pastor Steve Kelly

Selah occurs 74 times in scripture.

  • 71 times in Psalms. 3 times in Habakkuk.

The literal meaning is unknown.

  • Due to its prominent placement in Psalms, some theologians believe it is merely a musical term to guide musicians or choirs.
  • It has become widely accepted to guide musicians or choirs.

It has become widely accepted to understand SELAH to men PAUSE, REFLECT.

  • Cambridge defines reflect to mean: To Think carefully and deeply about something, especially options.
  • As such, reflection is not only a looking back but can be a strategic act in looking forward.
  • Selah Sunday is a time of celebration for what God has done and preparing for what He will do in the coming year.

SELAH looking back on previous acts:

  • Psalm 3:4 I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. SELAH.
  • Psalm 21:2 You have given him his heart’s desire, and you have not withheld the request of his lips. SELAH.
  • Psalm 60:4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. SELAH.
  • Psalm 76:3 There He broke the flaming arrows, The shield and the sword and the weapons of war. SELAH.
  • Psalm 77:15 You have by Your power redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. SELAH
  • Habakkuk 3:13 You went forth the salvation of your people, for the salvation of Your anointed. You struck the head of the house of the evil To lay him open from thigh to neck. SELAH.

SELAH considering the present or the future:

  • Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be upon Your people! SELAH.
  • Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem m soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. SELAH.
  • Psalm 57:3 He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me, SELAH. God will
    send forth His loving kindness and His truth.
  • Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
    SELAH.
  • Psalm 67:4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness And
    guide the nations on the earth. SELAH.
  • Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. SELAH.

Conclusion
In the original Hebrew, Selah is used with actions occurring in the past, present/ongoing, and the future. Selah is a fitting theme both for celebrating hat God has done as well stirring faith for what He can do in the future.

Here’s where we take this verse to heart… write down your reflections!

Write down 3 things in the past God has either saved or rescued you from.

Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Write down 3 things you want to forget about and leave in the year 2019.

Write down 3 things you want to believe for in 2020 an your future.

Psalm 103:2 (NIV)
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—

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