I love when the Bible confuses me. And if the confession sounds rather offbeat, I don’t blame you. I mean who enjoys feeling overcome by imperfection, inadequacy and a finite intellectual capacity? I know, in most cases, I’d rather evade the reminder and recalibrate in the opposite direction. Yet, when I come to terms with my own insufficiencies, I realize a thing or two, such as the liberating intersection between humility and exploration, and how a righteous pursuit of the unknown can overpower intimidation through the conversion of ignorance into knowledge.
But before I dive any deeper…
Ahhh…refreshing, isn’t it? How sweet it is for God’s voice* to satisfy in such relaxing resonation? For to “selah” is to anchor attention to powerful veracity and stabilize understanding to a point of sanctified rest. With this in mind, let’s indulge in some transitory irony by pondering on "selah" for a moment. How many expressions feature a foundation rooted in the three primary tenses: past, present and future? Answer: there aren’t many. With "selah", the word’s immediate charge connects at the present, encouraging one to muse both the past and the now in anticipation of what lies ahead. Essentially, to "selah" is to embrace the heart of Philippians 3:13-14 and the final four words of Philippians 4:8:
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