Selah Pause

Psalm 20

Pause, Stop, Think, Pray, Enjoy

It was an ancient tradition that involved many rituals just before men were about to stride for battle. It was the ’pause ’ before the marching and the girding of the weapons that focused on that which brought real victory in the matter. 

People prayed for the king, for the leaders of the battalions, for the soldiers. The asked God for protection and wisdom, for strength and courage, for understanding and a sound mind.   

They knew that victory didn’t come from the speed of horses and the resilience of chariots ( for they were the power force in those days) but the victory was granted by God. 

The pause-  is the time we take to acknowledge the ’name of the Lord’ above all other natural powers, strengths and might before we face any battles in life. Whether it is decisions we need to make, or facing hard stuff, we – pause – before we move. For in the pause the presence and providence of God will lead us to the best principle. 


(See Deuteronomy 20:4 , Philippians 4:6, Psalm 3:8)

Big Mouth

Psalm 19:14

My mouth is my gift and my greatest guilt pit.
I don’t have a problem with words, but its often done without thinking.
Since when I was a child I heard these comments very often:
“Do you have to speak every word that passes through your mind?” “Do you always speak first and think later?” “You sound so hard, harsh and insensitive”

Our mouths are a reflection of our minds and hearts. What we think eventually comes out of our mouths. It was sad when I was made aware by the Holy Spirit to listen to the words coming out of my mouth a few years back. The talkers, like myself, have a hard time to listen.

The tongue says James is hard to tame, the only one who can do that is God. I have learned and I am learning that: Surrender to the Holy Spirit and sound talk go hand to hand.
That’s the journey I am with God daily, asking him to put a watch over my mouth and help me to be a life-giver with my words and not a destroyer. Words are powerful. I want to use them wisely, considerably and mindful.

I want to wake up every day praying with David:

“So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, my only Redeemer, my Protector-God.”

Psalm 19:14 TPT

(see James 3:12 Proverbs 15:1-2, Colossians 4:6)

Stupid Sins

Psalm 19:13-14 

What is ‘sin’ you may ask? I will spare you of lots of theology debates and put it very simple here, sin is rejecting God’s heart for you and your life, it is choosing a path which is disconnected from our maker and becoming our own gods. ’That’s not bad’ you may be saying.

Nowadays, most of us live that way, right?
And, ’how that is going?’ I might ask.

What is it with us that we insist on independence from God and say that we know what’s best for us to do and still end up making a mess of our lives and the world.
Why knowing what is good, we choose to do the very opposite?

The Bible says that – sin is not just a decision or a bad action, sin is a power. And not any power, but a power that controls our minds, emotions and hearts. Sin is addictive and dominant. A very wise man called Paul said:

“I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.”
Romans 7:21, 23 NLT

That is why the psalmist is praying ’keep me from stupid sin, the willful stuff we do constantly and don’t learn, ’ but how?

Paul responds with:
”The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”

Romans 7:25 MSG

For all of them who follow Christ, all sin is nailed on the cross by a sanctifying Saviour forever.
Its power is been stripped away and replaced by the Spirit of God and where the spirit of God is there is liberty. In Christ we are no longer slaves, we are saints.

( see Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6, 1 John 1:7-9)

Reviving Word

Psalm 19:7-8 

Do you know that doctors nowadays are allowed to prescribe ’nature’ as a treatment therapy for people suffering from different types of conditions? We discovered yesterday that nature, the world was created by God to display his glory, direct our hearts us to him, and heal us through its splendour. 

Now psychology and science are catching up with what the Word of God says that: Spirituality impacts our lives and that the written Word ( Bible) has the power to transform and revive people, communities and the world. 

Psychologists are observing how concepts like forgiveness, generosity, unconditional love etc are key to people’s health and well-being. 

“The revelation of GOD is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of GOD are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of GOD are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of GOD are plain and easy on the eyes. GOD ’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of GOD are accurate down to the nth degree.”

Psalm 19:7-9 MSG

There is no problem that we face that the Word of God has not got promises and provision for. 

There are no issues that we deal with in life that the practicality of the Bible does not cover.  

The Word came into the world to save it and revive it. 

I don’t know what your need is today about, but I know that his Word has the power and wisdom to lead you and touch your heart. 

Read the Word, listen to the Word, study the Word and live the Word. 

I am not the only one to testify of the wonders and the comfort and the wisdom that the Word brings. 

( see John 1:1, James 1:21, Jeremiah 15:16

Voiceless Beauty

Psalm 19:1-6

Nature calls and speaks to us about the artistry and the majesty of God.

It’s made to draw us to his presence, to captivate us with his grandeur and to display his goodness. That’s is why a beautiful sunset unravels us,  the gushing sound of a clear fountain refreshes us, the wildflowers in the meadows make us smile. There is an unexplained joy as we marvel at the myriad of stars and the vastness of the sea. 

They are all witnesses of his splendor. 

Nature displays and directs us to him, it does not displace God, but it helps us to see him in his greatness.

That’s why we should care about nature, we should appreciate all God’s creation, for we are the responsible stewards of it. 

Nature is good, God said so ( Genesis 1). 

God is the artist, we are the gardeners, and the world is the promenade. 

So, we love nature, we care for it, we tender for the trees and animals. We are kind to creation for it’s our responsibility.

Nature is not as it should be, it’s marred by us, the fallen human nature, but God redeems it through opening our eyes to see and do, and he will redeem and heal it fully. Until then, we continue to worship God, enjoy and look after nature. 

( see Romans 1:20, Proverbs 12:10, Genesis 2:15, Isaiah 35:1-2

The Living God

Psalm 18:46

Alive, God,  Psalm 18:46, Grace, Frustration

We began Psalm 18  with ’the Lord is my rock’ and we end this psalm today with ’blessed be the rock.’ 

Our writer David has gone through battles and ditches, triumphs and defeats – still, he finalizes all with God being the one who attains all victories.
Our God is a living one. Not like an idol that has a mouth but can not speak, has ears but can’t hear, has hands but can’t touch, but a God who breathes- who lives, the God who is love eternal. He doesn’t just start with us in the work of Salvation and then leaves us to fend for ourselves.

No, he lives in us, cares for us, guides us, loves us, comforts us, disciplines us, protects us… Like a loving father, he stands with us and never gives up. Never!
That’s why David says ’blessed be the rock, ’ he understands that although he partook in all the battles and was present in every circumstance he faced, what brought victory, in the end, it was God who fulfiled his will through grace in all.

God and we are in a partnership, we were never made to live independently from our creator. If we are frustrated with our lives it’s almost certainly because we are trying to run our lives by ourselves.

Grace has an ease about it and always leaves us in the wonder of how God works. We can’t help when we live in grace but join in with David and declare ’The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock… ’ Amen

(see Galatians 3:2-4, Habakkuk 2:18, Ephesians 2:8)

Ugly Fighting

Psalm 18:35

Psalm 18

The way we usually fight these days is by using our skills and strengths to attac others weakness.

We find out what will hurt more our ’ rival, or opponent or our competition’ and we strike hard. We don’t care about their feelings, our the impact that our input will make in their lives, we just want to win and that is all that matters. We want to win the argument, we want to win for our ego and our self-esteem, and for that one fraction of a second’ feel good’ feeling we get. 

Most of our fights are word-fights. And those fights are the ugliest. Because the tongue is sharper than any weapon ever forged and it’s wounds hurt the hardest, they take long to heal and sometimes never heal. 

That’s ugly fighting. 

Every fight that promotes our ’greatness’ is an ugly fight. 

You empower me for victory with your wrap-around presence. Your power within makes me strong to subdue, and by stooping down in gentleness you strengthened me and made me great!”


Gentleness makes men great. 

In today’s world, we think an elections can make a man great, wealth makes a man great, birthright makes a man great, his victories and achievement make a man great, his discoveries and influence make a man or a woman great, but David reminds us today that: 

God’s gentleness has made him great.  There are no victories like the ones won by the use of gentleness. 

We are impatient and angry, rude and hasty, but Jesus is gentle and kind and he wins our hearts by his gentleness and meekness.  It is his goodness that leads us to repentance and real change. 

Let us fight like him, with gentleness and kindness, for that is the best way to see the change we so much desire in us, others and the world.

( see Philippians 4:5, Proverbs 15:1, Galatians 6:10 )

Gird your Loins

Psalm 18:32-33

In the movie ’The devil wears Prada’ there is this scene at the beginning where Miranda (Meryl Streep), the editor-in-chief of Runway magazine comes in the morning to work. She is early and all her staff are not prepared for her arrival. Nigel (Stanley Tucci) who is the art director, tells all to ’gird your loins’ and – a crazy like scene starts to unfold in the large office to make the environment ready for the boss to enter.  People start changing their shoes, apply lipstick, clear their working desks and turn all the chaos into complete order. 

’Gird your loins’ is an expression that tells us to ’prepare and brace ourselves for something unexpected and difficult about to happen’   

We see in Psalm 18:32-33 this idea of God’ girding us with strength, encircling with stamina and courage for what is ahead.  

And it’s not just with physical strength that he envelops us, but emotional and mental courage also. God stables our feet like them of the deer who knows how to navigate through difficult and rugged terrain. What a start for our week, meditating on this truth of God inspiring us with courage, fortitude and determination – strengthening our minds, bodies and hearts for what is ahead.  

You have wrapped me in power,
and now you’ve shared with me your perfection.
 Through you I ascend to the highest peaks of your glory
to stand in the heavenly places, strong and secure in you.”

Psalms18:32-33 TPT

(see Habakkuk 3:1, Isaiah 45:5)

Keep My Life On

Psalm 18:4-28

“You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”

Psalms 18:28-29 NIVUK

Every night we leave one outside light burning from our home- its a signal to all who pass by that there is life and people inside the house. For friends that is a welcome sight and for thieves that is a warning.

 Light, in the Hebrew culture and language, is an emblem of prosperity, happiness, favour, safety, comfort, joy success and life itself. 

As believers we understand that Life and everything we enjoy comes from God and that’s just the beginning. For God maintains all life and what gives us life, what a relief to know that! 

Light changes all life, observe the sun.

Light is life. 

Light exposes darkness, light brightens the mind, encourages justice, warms up hearts that are stone cold… GOD is light, our light. 

And so he is, and he continues to be light and life to us through our lives. Whatever darkness we might be in, his light, the truth-it is freedom to us. Because the light of the world is in us we can be courageous and loving, patient and joyful, generous and happy. He keeps our life on! 

Thank you Lord.

( see John 1:4, 2 Thessalonians 1:2

Deep Down the Pit

Help, Lift, God

Psalm 8:16

We can get ourselves in all sort of holes. Some of the holes might be shallow and manageable, but we know of ditches that are so deep and so wide that for us to come out we need help. 

It’s fair to mention here that some of the deep holes we find ourselves in, we are thrown into ( our painful childhood or upbringing, for example, are not our choosing ), some other voids we find ourselves in, we fall in (the choices we make and are not aware that are leading us into a ditch)

and the most dangerous ones are the dark holes we plunge in ( think here about stuff we know it’s wrong but we do it anyway).  

Whatever the reasons might be for us finding ourselves in the pit right now, the answer is: we can get out, let me say it again; We can get out! 

“He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.”


There is no pit so deep that his hand can’t reach us out. There is no void so wide that his heart can not locate us. Jesus jumped from heaven to earth to save us from the deepest pit, evil, death and sin have dug us in.

He is a freedom warrior. It doesn’t matter the depth of the pit you are in, whether it be depression, despair, divorce, death of a close friendship…. anything, please reach out to him. He will use people, good people, good counsellors who point to him as they walk with you through the dark days. He will speak through the Holy Spirit with tender love and wisdom so that we don’t find ourselves in a pit again. He is able to keep us from any falling. 

( see John 3:16 MSG, Jude 1:24, John 14:26)