Selah, Pause, Reflect, and Know
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
||404, 99, 101, 127
|Sacrament of Baptism
- The fearful occasion.
- Some troubles which occasion fear in the lives of God’s people (and His church) are from the world.
- Satan and his host are behind every scheme and every attack to bring sin into the church and in saints.
- In addition, God is pleased to put afflictions into the lives of His people and church (Ps. 44:9ff; Acts 14:22; Heb. 12:7).
- God issues the necessary command: “Be still” (a variety of translations to sink down, relax, abandon, refrain, let it go, be feeble).
- The implication is that we want to be active in fixing the problem and to remove the cause of our pain and sorrow.
- Not that we be like stones, unconcerned about the commotions in the earth and unaffected or stoic before God’s judgments.
- Rather the command calls us to be quiet in body and in mind; the opposite of being restless and fretful, fearful and impatient.
- Be silent in the sense that we do not object or complain against God nor fight against His way.
- Positively, our silence is consent or agreement.
- “Selah” means to pause and reflect; consider God, not the causes of fear, troubles, pain, sorrow, self.
- To be still implies the humble realization that I am naturally foolish.
- Know that He is God! How well do you know God?
- Our knowledge must arise out of the Scriptures.
- “God” is the supreme One Who is filled with every perfection and is infinitely so forever.
- This God is in control of ALL things (greatest and the smallest) with only perfect wisdom and the greatest love.
- AND He is our refuge and strength, our ever present help!
- Because He is God and “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” we keep still before Him!