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But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man
about whom God said, "I have found David son of Jesse,
a man after my own heart."
- Acts 13:22
You know that feeling you get when you just met someone you weren’t so sure about talking to or sharing with, just to find out that they were going through a similar, if not the same, thing as you were?
That’s how I feel when I read through Psalms or come across a few of my favourite verses. For example, Psalms 3:4 says, “With my voice I was crying to the Lord, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.”
Sometimes, I picture myself in a hollow room, in the corner crying for things to be different or wondering if God hears me at all, when I feel tried and tested from all areas and exits. Then, the scene changes and I see myself looking in from the outside and wondering how He can hear a voice as tiny as mine… and here comes David with the answer I so longed for.
That my Father will hear me and all I need to do now is sleep, “for the Lord sustains me.”
Another one of my favourites for when we pray for our countries is Psalm 130, as he advises us to “hope in the Lord; for with the Lord, there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.”
It was from this very book, that marked a significant day in my life when I chose to have the word “Selah” tattooed on my forearm on the 27th of April 2019. The Hebrew word ‘Selah’ meaning, to stop, to pause, and to praise was mentioned 72 times in the book of Psalms.
I can only imagine how much comfort and relief David felt as he spoke those words and prayed to God, just like how I look to my arm, let out a sigh, and lift up whatever is left of my voice to praise Him, where I am.
I also love the word Selah, because often translations say it was used when the musicians who performed the Psalms paused to take a break or to sing to whom the song was truly about.
I like to think David’s Psalms are like our journals in hindsight, portraying how each day we would write entries following prompts and look back over all the times God brought us out from the dark areas in our lives. How He helped us to hold on a little longer whilst we waited for that provision or through that season of facing betrayal or isolation from the ones who were meant to stand close to us.
I like to think the book of Psalms is like the soundtrack to his life, that we can play time and time again, to be reminded that truly lifting up our hearts to the Maker and the Creator is the only way to find joy and peace when everything around us is anything but Selah.
1. How does it feel knowing that there is someone who walked the same road and feels the same way you do about life sometimes?
2. What area in your life has God helped you to encourage yourself when no one was around or could understand?
Father, thank You for using David as an example of how we should seek You. Oh, how this world and complications of life throw us up and down, yet You remember us and still draw us in. Yet we still hear Your still voice say, “Come and talk with Me.” And help us to find the strength to praise Your Name, in our tired souls’ croaks and whispers of Your truth that transcends through the earth – to become women, children after Your own heart. Amen.
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