I would consider this post part 2 of my Psalm 68 meditation. I wrote about part 1 here.
Let me start by quoting my closing from my previous post. I said that Psalm 68 brought me to remember God’s glory and God’s goodness. Worry, anxiety, and uncertainty, I do not deny their existence. I feel their presence, but they fade in comparison to the greatness of my God.
Knowing God triumphs, I thought I’d start incorporating Selah habits in my daily rhythm. Here they are –
Slow down and stop on purpose
I may be home quarantined – again – but my mind isn’t slowing down. So, like an adult holding a child’s hand as they cross a street, I am teaching myself to slow down and stop. When I slow down, I purposely seek Him out. This may mean taking breaks in between schoolwork, house chores, ministry planning, and overthinking.
Psalm 68:19 “What a glorious God! He gives salvation over and over, then daily He carries our burdens.”
I don’t carry the burden, God does.
So, I will roll back the burdens to Him by slowing down and stopping on purpose. I’ll give space for my soul to breathe.
Enjoy Him + His Presence
One of my 2020 goals is to “walk with God”. Back in the beginning, before the fall of man, in that garden called Eden, there lived Adam and Eve and what they enjoyed above all the other delights in the garden was that they walked with God. They talked with Him and He with them.
And so, in my discipleship of becoming, not doing, I am seeking to walk with God, to learn to listen to His voice, to commune with Him. I seek to heal my union with Jesus. I seek to restore my communion with Him. I seek to walk with God.
I slow down, stop, and enjoy simply being with Him. I learn to sit still like Mary and simply enjoy Him. I know even during quarantine, I’m pretty much antsy like Martha. Get me, Martha is not a bad woman, she just had her timing wrong. She was busy preparing for the Master when the Master simply wants her company.
I know walking with God isn’t confined to my “power time” hours (sorry folks I don’t call it quiet time). Power time is my morning habit when I sit down with my coffee, sit in prayer mode while I read my Bible. It’s when I plug into my power source before I even come in contact with the world.
Again, walking with God isn’t confined to my power time hours. It’s this awareness He is present when I wash the dishes. He is with me so I utter a quick prayer instead of just getting the chore done.
When I read, He is there so I acknowledge His presence.
When I meet with my Home Groups virtually, He is with us.
As I type this post, He is here. I feel Him and I simply enjoy Him.
Look and Listen
I don’t remember the last time I really listened to someone without trying to think of what to say next. L. Michael Hall, NLP calls it the “know-nothing state” where you come into the conversation without any preconceived understanding of the person you’re talking with and the concern so that you can really listen.
Instead of waiting for people to reach out to me, I thought I’d intentionally reach out to them. I know there are other women struggling especially during this pandemic, trying to make sense of all these. So, I’ll give a call to a few and really listen.
I’ll also try to tune out the artificial sounds I am distracting myself with and listen to the natural sounds around me.
I’ll listen to what my body and soul are telling me.
God speaks. I’ll pause long enough to listen to Him.
Adore God in the middle minutes
Adoration builds a bridge between my thoughts and God’s Word.
When the world gets quiet – it’s back to ECQ again after almost 3 months of MGCQ – my mind gets loud. When this happens, I will step outside the chaos of my mind and adore God.
“God I adore you for you are in control. You are Sovereign. You are on the throne. You are in control. And You are good.”
When I am finishing a chapter in my required readings, I will pause and adore Him.
“God, who are we that you are mindful of us. I adore you for You take notice of us. You take notice of me. You are a personal God.“
When I feel anxiety and worry creep in, I will pause and adore Him.
“God my world may be shaken but Your kingdom is not. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever.“
When the weight of this pandemic is buzzing in on me and when I find myself thinking through solutions and outcomes and I try to plan my way out of hard, I will adore God instead.
“God, thank you for I can lean not on my own understanding because if it’s up to me, the world will even be more chaotic than it is now. I adore You for You are God. There is no one else like. Nothing else like You. You are Jehovah.“
When I feel His peace is out of reach, I will adore Him.
When I catch myself drawing up a survival plan, I will adore Him.
When I feel paralyzed, anxious, or reacting in fear instead of caution, I will adore Him.
When I notice myself feeling hopeless because the world seems to keep tilting, I will adore Him.
Though it may feel out-of-time and inconvenient to talk to God, I will pause and adore Him. Now more than ever, my soul needs a dialogue with Him who is never shaken.
Hold on to hope
This is where I find my strength and comfort, He empowers me to seize what has already been established ahead of time – an unshakeable hope! I have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding my soul to God Himself. (Hebrews 6:18-19).
There you have it friends, my Selah habits.
This Selah habit will develop in me a growing sense of Him, a deepening recognition of who He is because what He does is only an expression of who He is.
He is Healer so He heals.
He is the Provider so He provides.
He is Father so He takes care of me.
Of those who run to Him for help.
And just in case you haven’t noticed, these 5 simple Selah habits actually spell out S.E.L.A.H. Neat! ?