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    by Stan Smith

Date Posted: August 18, 2021

You'll find that term, selah, in the Psalms. There are a variety of possible meanings for the term. It is a musical pause. (The word means "pause".) It may indicate a change in the music or a musical direction of some sort. It may be an "Amen!" Some suggest a "forever!" I like to think of it as "Stop and think about it."

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah (Psalm 46:1-3).

Stop ... and think about it.

The president and the congress and the Supreme Court are not our refuge and strength; God is. The proper passing of laws protecting biblical morality and amendments defending marriage are not our refuge and strength; God is. A good job, a good spouse, good kids, a good place to live, financial security, or a gun in the drawer are not our refuge and strength; God is.

Though the earth should change and the mountains slip into the sea, though the Supreme Court uphold Obamacare and Mitt Romney or, worse, Obama get elected, though the immigration problems continue or continue to decline, though I get in an accident or suffer from cancer or lose my job or my wife or my dear child ... I will not fear.

Why? Not me nor my circumstances nor my politics nor my government are my refuge and strength. God is. It doesn't get any better than that.


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Born and raised in a Christian home, I've been treated to immersion in the Word and squandered it. 'But God ...' I love the phrase. God has been faithful when I was unfaithful. At every turn He has crowded me to Him.

I'm married with four grown children and (currently) four grandchildren. My wife and I live in sunny Phoenix by choice. I hope to encourage people with my words and to share with others what God has shared with me.

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