Selah- Behind the Name

About two years ago I read through the Psalms with a friend. We would meet every week to talk about what we were learning.
It was the first time I had really studied the Psalms. That season of studying the Psalms opened a new life inside me that I didn’t realize I had. The Psalms are beautiful, emotional and challenging.  They help you bring words to the everyday struggles we go through, and to the beauty of life. While studying the Psalms, I learned we were pregnant with our second baby.  My emotions were kind of all over the place.  I was extremely excited, and equally terrified. Very Terrified. And overwhelmed. But really excited.  I mean, newborns need to be held most of the day just so they can eat and survive! And two-year-olds are the most needy and emotional  group of people known to man.

I continued studying the Psalms, and after several of the stanzas I kept seeing the word ‘Selah.’  I looked up what it meant, and the meaning was so significant and powerful to me. Most of the Psalms were meant to be sung.  Selah is Hebrew word that is thought to be a musical direction that means pause here, think about what this means, and give glory. Until that moment in my pregnancy, I had not given God any glory for being pregnant. I had not really even been thankful for what a sweet gift we were going to be adding to our life.  I hadn’t stopped to think about how great it would be for Sophia to have a sister, and how fun it would be for them to be so close in age.

I had not paused to think about the fact that this was God’s plan and a wonderful blessing.

My initial attitude almost kept me from missing out on having a wonderful pregnancy.  It almost kept me from being excited about what was in store for me. Selah birth

I’m so glad I paused.  I am so glad we have another little girl. And that they are so close in age. They are best friends. I couldn’t image life without both of them.


Stop and think about what God has for you. And give glory.

“All the earth worships you and sings praises to you;

they sing praises to your name.” Selah

Psalm 66:4


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