This past Sunday at my church we had nan amazing time in worship. We finish the last song and the leader steps up to transition the service into its next segment but the atmosphere was so saturated with praise and worship that he could do nothing more than keep silence. Its what I call a “Selah” in worship. The word “Selah” appears 71 times in the Psalms and 3 times in Habakkuk. It is recognized by scholars and theologians as a pause or a time of reflection. In that silence God began to work and manifest himself with in the people. Its amazing how as worshipers we make a lot of noise thinking that we can provoke Gods presence and yet the congregation may never hear Gods voice. It reminds me of the time God presented himself to Elijah and the angel of the Lord said:
1 Kings 19:11
New International Version (NIV)
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by…
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.”
Elijah witnessed great things on the mountain but he knew to distinguish Gods presence from the awesomeness of these natural wonders. He could have easily thought that God was in the wind or quake or fire but his intimacy with God was such that a subtle whisper drew him out into Gods presence. Sometimes what we need is “Selah” to witness his glory. We need to move away from the noise of our everyday life, trials and problems. Get to our secret place of worship and listen for his whisper.
After having heard Gods whisper Elijah stepped into the very presence of God and he was able to listen to Gods direction for his life. I enjoy these Selah moments in life where I can simply receive his love and warm embrace and better understand his will and purpose for my life. He wants to reveal himself to you can you hear him calling you out in a whisper?