Selah – Part 11
by Pastor Bill
In Psalm 20:3, at the end of the verse, David interjects the word “Selah.” Both the New American Standard and the King James versions do not translate the word; they keep the Hebrew word in the text. Strong’s defines Selah “to lift up, exalt.” However, some Bible scholars say that this is more of a pause in the song to reflect on what has been shared.
Psalm 20:3 May He remember all your meal offerings And find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah.
I want to take a Selah in our bulletin series on worship to reflect on what has been shared from the book of Colossians. Last week we looked Paul’s encouragement to the Colossians. His second encouragement was to be rooted and established in their faith. He mentions several things that have happened, which have helped them become established. In Colossians 2:2 he says “that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself. I want to pause and reflect on how their hearts have been knit together in love.
When we think of the word knit, we think of two pieces of yarn that are being interwoven or looped together to make a fabric. It is easy to think of applications in our lives where we must be knit together. It also makes for easy preaching of relational reconciliation. However, the Greek word that is translated as knit is sumbibazo (Strong’s G4822). Sum means to join together. Bibazo comes from basis, which means feet. The root word is baino, which means to walk. The term literally means to join feet together. The implication is to join feet together so that they can walk together in love. The Colossian church had been joined together to walk in love. How does this happen? How do people become joined together to walk in love?
Amos 3:3 asks the same question, “do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment (KJV, agreed)?” People will agree to walk together because they have a common purpose. But, more commonly, people walked together and shared their lives with one another. There was relationship and fellowship. When people were at odds with one another, they did not walk together. We find the same thing in our own culture. Breaches in relationships cause people to separate and stop walking together. The Colossians had learned how to work through offenses and to walk together in love. Let me encourage all of us to learn how to join our feet together so we can walk in love. Let me encourage all of us, when there is a misunderstanding, to go his neighbor, work things out, and come to agreement. It takes humility. It takes good, open communication. It takes forgiveness. It takes walking in love. Let’s be that church that has knit our hearts together in love so we can be rooted and established in our faith. Let’s be a church that has truly learned to walk together in love.