Summer Selah

There’s a reason why,
In the architecture of Your perfect poetry,
You ordained that this foundation of a phrase
Should bear repeating:

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Selah”  (Psalm 46:7 and 11)

Pausing at Your command
to reflect on words that should stop me in my tracks everyday
(but, often enough, do not),
I will carry the truth of Your presence
and Your protection
into this summer day.

Lord of hosts, God of incomparable power;
God of Jacob, the One Who knows me by name:

You are present
in the rich fruition of summer gardens
and in the joyful gatherings of family and friends–
evidence of Your delight in our pleasure.

You are my refuge
in the blazing heat of temptation
and in the drought of discouragement.

God of the Angel Armies,
God of the Old Testament Patriarchs,
God of Middle-Aged Mothers
who grow weary and fall short:

Thank you that Who-You-Are
redeems who-I-am.

Thank you for this pause–
the most productive moment of this summer day.

Selah

_The Lord of Hostsis with us;The God of Jacobis our refuge.Selah_

 

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56 thoughts on “Summer Selah”

    1. Me, too, and for years I didn’t know what it meant, so now that I do, I try to heed it and pause so that the words before it can wash over me a bit.
      Those psalmists knew how to write and how to live.

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  1. In the middle of my blogging break I am glad that I slipped in here. Your poetry is such a beautiful reminder and confirmation to pause and look up to our Redeemer. He is with us! Blessings to you, as you find joy in your summer.

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  2. Love it!

    “God of Middle-Aged Mothers
    who grow weary and fall short”

    That’s me!

    So glad He understands the weariness and gives us a Selah.

    I’ve been studying Selah for quite some time. I love when He repeats it more than once. Pausing and calmly thinking is important to Him.

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  3. As I have been immersed in my final book proof editing, I missed this until today. I read it while listening to a beautiful CD by Jim Brickman entitled “Soothe” and it was the perfect background for this beautiful reflection on Selah. How you blessed me with this! Like others…so you write poetry too??? Not an area I have ever seemed to master, my friend, but I salute the gift in you!! ❤️

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  4. This is beautiful, Michelle. I loved reflecting on these words and thinking about who God is. Thank you for sharing at Grace and Truth. I would love to feature this tomorrow.

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    1. Oh, Dawn, that’s such an encouragement! I’m always a little skittish about sharing my poems on the blog, and it’s so reassuring to hear from friends that the words resonate for them.

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful poem on a passage I’ve been meditating on all summer. I also want it to stop me in my tracks. You are so talented. I’m with the person above who said, “I am refreshed.”

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  6. Oh, Michelle, I love this so much! God must be trying to tell me something. I also used Psalm 46 in my latest post, and I’ve been reading more psalms reminding me that God is my refuge. We all need these times of selah, where we can pause, rest and remember God’s blessings on our lives. Blessings to you, Michelle! xo I’m your neighbor at #SundayThoughts.

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    1. Isn’t it amazing how a phrase sometimes just attaches itself like a burr and won’t leave you alone until you “do something with it”?
      Thanks, Gayl, for your encouragement and for all you do.

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