Quarterly Studies with The Joyful Life Magazine...
Want to go deeper in the Word? Join me every quarter for a two-week Bible Study with The Joyful Life community.
Our next study, Selah Moments: Sacred Pauses for Your Soul, will be kicking off on July 8th.
Life is busy and the constant demands on us can feel overwhelming. Amid the blur of frenzy, it’s easy to lose heart and clarity.
Slowing down feels like a luxury we can’t afford and in all the noise, we no longer know how to be present with God and in what He is doing in our lives. The result is we can end up feeling like a spectator of our own life rather than an active mindful participant.
The Psalmists beckon our awareness, inviting us to Selah. Some 73 times, the Psalms are punctuated by this curious and often oddly-placed term. Rather than forming an integral part of the narrative, Selah was a technical, musical-directive that allowed for a pause—an interruption to, or an accentuation of, the lyrics. Selah pauses were designed to give us a moment to stop and ponder the importance and truth of what had just been said.
In this two week study, we’ll explore the first twelve of the Selah Psalms, digging into their background and the specific uses of these intentional sacred pauses. We’ll accept the authors’ invitations to break and reflect on the written words and our own narratives, as well as the beauty of God’s activity in them.
We’ll learn the beautiful paradox that pausing doesn’t actually halt progress, but rather gives unexpected life and harmony to the chaos around us. Selah is a vital means of engaging in the presence of God, no matter our circumstances.
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