Word can make a Difference
One word, a very
simple word that has a profoundness which few people realize. Selah
is a word that is found 74 times in the Old Testament; 71 times in
the Book of Psalms and 3 times in the Book of Habakkuk. Selah mean:
to pause, consider.
When it’s used in the Psalms it’s usually a musical mark for
ancient cantors (singers) to pause, or as a musical interlude.
we take the word Selah, and its definition of “consider”,
something wonderful happens. A whole new world or direction of
understanding occurs if we understand how to apply it correctly.
Mt. 6:28 – 29 it reads: “Consider the lilies of the field, how
they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed (dressed or clothed) like one of these.”
moving on we need to ask the question: “How was Solomon arrayed (or
clothed)? According to the account of the Queen of Sheba, in I Kgs.
10:4 – 5, 7b it reads: “And when the queen of Sheba had seen all
Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he built,
the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the
attendance of his ministers, “and
(emphasis added), and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went
up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her (she
was thoroughly and completely overawed by the magnificence of it
behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth
the fame which I heard.”
Queen of Sheba was completely overawed and dumbstruck by the sheer
majesty and glory which God had imparted unto Solomon. She noted that
she had been in awe also at the “apparel”
(the clothing) that was worn by all in attendance. Solomon would’ve
been dressed in royal purple, scarlet, blue, and would have worn
costly jewelry of gold and silver fixed with the finest gems
possible. And even those who were attending him would’ve been
dressed elegantly. This was the wealth of Solomon’s court. Now,
let’s go back to the lilies of the field.
6: 28 – 29 starts with the single word “consider”.
We are instructed to “consider” (to think about) the lilies.
Well, a lily is a white petal flower. Upon looking at one initially,
there’s nothing much about it, that is, until you “consider”
it. For 5 years, on and off, I “considered”
the lily. And, I
must confess, I didn’t get it! What was God trying to teach me
here? I “considered”
(or thought about)
the lily, that it was white, how it grew, its size and shape and
still I did not get it! Finally, in a moment of epiphany given to me
by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, I GOT IT!!! I had been looking at
the lily completely wrong for those 5 years. I was looking at it from
my human perspective. How would “God”, who put it all together,
view the lily? I FINALLY GOT IT! I took one of the white petals, put
it underneath a microscope because God created the lily from a
microscopic, cellular level. And once I began to view the white petal
through the microscope it took on a whole different perspective.
Remember, in God’s creation, white gathers together all the colors
of the rainbow. A prism will easily divide the white light into its
I looked upon the white lily through the microscopic lenses, I saw
colors and patterns which defied the imagination. I had no name for
some of the colors I had been viewing. And, oh, the patterns along
with those colors were breathtaking. It was a moment in which I had
brushed up against divinity and truly began to understand just how
very small I was in comparison to the true magnificence of God’s
creation. For all the glory in which Solomon has been covered with in
his clothes, it was nothing in comparison to what I had been looking
at. I was looking into the Divine Creation of God Himself and how He
had been viewing the lily of His creation, all along. And I never,
NEVER would’ve been able to have become a part of that pure moment
of epiphany had I not obeyed the one Word of God when He instructed
all of us to “consider”.
Whenever you see that one
word, and it’s only one word, “consider”,
stop whatever you’re doing and review what you may have just read.
God is trying to teach us something unique, something profound that
will have a permanent effect on our lives. Obey that simple little
and you will be blessed with an understanding of a knowledge your
Father is trying to impart unto you. And, if you do, you shall be
eternally blessed as a result.
bless and keep all of you…Doc!