As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? Psalm 42:1-2  

Smelling the crisp air, listening to the sound of the rain fall from the heavens and landing on creation or standing in a gentle rain reminds me that renewal is available by the grace of God. For me this is a place of Selah (סֶלָה).

Selah is a word used seventy-four times in the Hebrew Bible (seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk). Scholars believe the meaning of the word could reflect either a liturgical-musical mark or an instruction of pause during the reading of the text. Regardless of the translation, Selah calls for a place of rest and reflection. This moment of rest can be found at home, while traveling in the car, while on a walk, sitting in a cubical or even listening to the rain.

Today, listen closely to the Holy Spirit. When God calls you to a place of rest, take a moment to say this prayer, “Holy and Living God, my soul thirsts for you. Rejuvenate me with your Holy Spirit. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen”.    –Selah

Chase Burns

Youth Minister