Monday, January 8, 2018
Psalm 3 is our first mention of Selah.. the word I had chosen as my Word for 2017. The Passion Translation rather than writing Selah, says Pause in His Presence. I did some research on this word Selah, and it is thought to be a musical term for a pause or rest. It is used 71 times in the Psalms. The Psalms are hymns and songs, so this is a pause to the musicians, which gives an opportunity for reflection for the listeners. I read this Psalm with those pauses, to look back at the last verse spoken to see what God would want me to reflect on.
There is a Selah after verse 2, and 8. In verse 2, David is saying how the people are slandering God, saying that God can't even save him. Pause.. Verse 3 claims God as his shield that fully surrounds him. Glory to God. He is our shield. Not just a front facing shield either, a fully encompassing shield from all sides.
Verse 3 from the Holman Standard reads "But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head".
KJV reads "But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head."
The one who lifts, and the lifter up.. Always gently taking his hand under our chin and lifting it up to his gaze. What a beautiful word picture.
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