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Selah - Pause and Reflect

Did you know that the word Selah, which can mean to pause and reflect, occurs 71 times in the book of Psalms?  Al McCauley shared that bit of information with us at Family Program.  Al’s presentation was full of information and fun facts but he also posed a challenge for us. 

Here’s a bit of the information:  The Psalms contain a full variety of sentiments – joy, sadness, complaint, doubt, success, praise, gratitude and more.  The Book of Psalms is really 5 books in one and is part of the Wisdom section of the Bible.  There are three main types of Psalms: praise, lamentation and thanksgiving.  The Psalms are the songs Jesus sang.  Al gave examples of some of his favorite songs – songs he loves that remind him of the psalms. Here is his playlist.

  • Here Comes the Sun, by the Beatles – a song of Thanksgiving
  • What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong – a song of Praise
  • Livin’ on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi – a song of Lamentation
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler – a song of Lamentation
  • Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley – a song of Praise
  • What I Like About You by The Romantics – a song of Thanksgiving
  • Africa by Toto – a song of Praise
  • Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie – a song of Lamentation

Here’s the challenge from Al:

First, share your playlist with us!  What songs do you love that bring you to praise, thanksgiving and lamentation?

Second, this Lent, pray in the manner of the Psalms; that is, pray out of your everyday experience, be honest with God, trust God, recognize God in your life, be awed by God, giving thanks and praise, and live the words.  And, remember Selah – pause and reflect!


  • Steve KarolekPosted on 2/24/18

    U2's "Rattle and Hum" Album/CD has an outstanding rendition of "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". That seems to be a common theme in our life. Always looking for something, not sure what and discovering many of God's wonders along the journey. Here's the cut taped live in Harlem: