Selah

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Gun jouself ‘n blaaskans

As jy die pas wil volhou – moet jy soms ontspan… herlaai. Asem skep. Hierdie Selah blad is gebore uit ‘n paar vroue se verstaan dat jy soms – of eintlik gewoonlik – so besig is dat jy op die lewe begin uitmis. As ons nie vir mekaar begin sê: ”Hokaai” nie, wie gaan?

Selah is thought to be rendered from two Hebrew words: s_lah, “to praise”; and s_lal, “to lift up.” Another commentator believes it comes from salah, “to pause.” From here comes the belief that selah is a musical notation signifying a rest to the singers and/or instrumentalists who performed the psalms. If this is true, then each time selah appears in a psalm, the musicians paused, perhaps to take a breath or to sing a cappella or let the instruments play alone. Perhaps they were pausing to praise the One about whom the song was speaking, perhaps even lifting their hands in worship. This theory would encompass all these meanings—“praise,” “lift up,” and “pause.” When we consider the three verses in Habakkuk, we also see how selah could mean “to pause and praise.” Habakkuk’s prayer in chapter 3 inspires the reader to pause and praise God for His mercy, power, sustaining grace, and sufficiency.

Perhaps the best way to think of selah is a combination of all these meanings. The Amplified Bible adds “pause and calmly think about that” to each verse where selah appears. When we see the word selah in a psalm or in Habakkuk 3, we should pause to carefully weigh the meaning of what we have just read or heard, lifting up our hearts in praise to God for His great truths. “All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name. Selah!” Psalm 66:4.

Net soos die Psalm skrywers hul lesers met die woordjie Selah uitgenooi het om vir ‘n oomblik ‘n pouse te vat, gun ons jou ‘n blaaskans. Ons skep vir jou Selah geleenthede – soms ‘n kuier saam met vriendinne, ander kere sommer ‘n hele wegbreek naweek. Selfs net die ontvang van ‘n Selah pakkie gaan jou die geleentheid bied om vir ‘n oomblik ‘n pouse te vat. Te geniet en te ontspan!

So come and enjoy this journey of living with us…

Selah!

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