"Many are they who say of me, "There is no help for him in God." Selah. But You O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head." Psalm 3:2-3 NJKV
Selah means to pause, wake up, pay attention, to carefully ponder the meaning of what one has just read or heard, lifting up hearts in praise to God for His great truths. ‘But God’ follows a Selah moment. These two verbs are in past tense. This is something which has happened, not something which is going to happen. It already occurred when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. It is something we don’t have to work toward. We are to believe and receive, realizing all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
The Israelites had been welcomed into Egypt under favorable circumstances. Pharaoh saw how the Israelites prospered, so much he viewed them as a security threat and became afraid. He resorted to increasingly shrewd means to reduce the population; first slavery, then to destroy all male babies. The Israelites lived extremely oppressed for many years, Selah, someone said, “What are we doing? Why are we being controlled by other people?” (Exodus, Chapter 1-2). They woke up and realized there is a living God who delivers those who call upon His name. This wake up started a shift. Paul said, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:14.
The Israelites cried to the Lord. He responded, “For every cry, there is a supply.” To cry to the Lord is when we are awakened to a void in our lives. It is a call of faith to move unwanted circumstances into a faith desire position where all things are possible. When we discover we have been subject to lack, illness, pain, insecurity and fear, we say, “Selah. Why am I living in this bondage? I am connected to the living God who is dedicated to meeting my needs.” We have a shift in thinking. We stop trying to meet our needs and rest in the Lord. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1. Without a ‘Selah’ experience, self-concern and self-consciousness based on fear remains.
The Israelites didn’t know it at the time, but God was preparing their deliverance through Moses. After the cross of Jesus, He became our deliverance and provision for health, peace and life. We do not wait for deliverance, we say, “Thank you Lord Jesus Christ, because of You, I am delivered, I am protected and I have total provision and continuous supply. Because of You, there is always plenty. With thanksgiving, I receive my deliverance, peace, protection and provision for all things from Jesus’ stripes. Thanks be to Jesus Christ who lives in me forever. Amen."
1. “There is no help for him in God. But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:2-3. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability and power to choose to lift up our perception. The lifter of our head means to look up and change how we see things. This is our calling and God given ability to choose. I am called to be a chooser. When we change our perception, thinking and speaking, we change ourselves and create a prosperous future.
2. Paul talks about how we are children of wrath that slowly destroy ourselves. “But God (the moment of revelation), who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace we are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:1-6.
3. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witness to Me...” Act 1:8. The Holy Spirit’s power is in us because of Jesus Christ. He is waiting to be released by revelation and our spoken word. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed by circumstances. The Holy Spirit is quenched when we say something is too hard or impossible (I Thessalonians 5:19). Train yourself to live like God is real; He is always our life-helper. Our cares are His business and His peace is our business to receive. Selah. When you hear what God has said, what do you say? But God, then it becomes but you. I hear the Lord say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Therefore, I boldly say, “The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what people do to me (Hebrews 13:5-6)."
Thanks be to You, Lord, Your mercy endures forever (Psalm 1:36-1)!