There’s an interesting word interspersed among the Psalms. Here is one appearance:
He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Bibles that include the word in the text, such as the English Standard Version, often include a note that it is a word of uncertain origin, and may be a musical term. One concordance defined the term as a “pause.” Another defined it as “to lift up, exalt.”
Let’s take it at both. After diving back into the work week on Monday and racing through all the tasks that Tuesday brings, let’s take a pause on Wednesday and lift up the name of the only One who matters – Jesus.
This week, I chose a song that I haven’t been able to shake for the past few months. It Is Well is a powerful song from Kristene DiMarco and Bethel Music. You can hear her talk about the story behind the song in the video below.
There’s great truth when Kristene says, “To encounter the faithfulness of God is not always a comfortable thing.” When our lives are complacently swimming along, we tend not to think so much about God’s faithfulness. Still, he is there. He is faithful even when we are not.
And, those moments when we cry out to Him? You know those moments. They are anything but comfortable. Those are the moments we don’t even want to talk about. The ones that break open our souls and beg God to enter in.
Those are the moments when we need to remind ourselves that our eyes are on Him through it all.
If you haven’t heard the song before, watch Kristene sing it in the video below.