Psalm 24:9-10

Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory.        Selah (pause and reflect)

This weekend begins Advent.  Advent means to wait, slow down, and prepare. Since Thanksgiving, that’s been the antithesis of my life.  Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday…more, faster, get on the treadmill like everyone else.  As I read Psalm 24 recently, I found a nugget that will be my daily rhythm to contemplate daily upon.  The word “Selah.”  Selah is a word that is added some 70 plus times in the Psalms.  Some believe it was another side melody that meant to Pause, Reflect, and slow down.  This simple Psalm will teach me The Art of Slowing Down this Christmas Season.  In addition, here are five more ways to embrace this Art.

  1. Wake Up Slowly.  Before you roll out of bed, pause and invite God into the rythym of your day.
  2. Choose Others.  Instead of “me,” focus on “others” first.  Be present to others, even the ones that get under your skin.
  3. Hone Your Attitude of Gratitude.  Find and give thanks for the gifts of God moments given throughout your day.
  4. Be Yourself.  Instead of comparing your life to others, remind yourself of your belovedness and unique giftedness to bless the world.
  5. Selah=Pause and Reflect.  Pause, be silent as you begin and end your day.  Reflect on where you moved toward God and moved away from God, ultimately seeing where God moved throughout your day.

May the song of “Selah” teach you the Art of Slowing Down and finding the real meaning of Advent.  Christ is coming.  Pause, Reflect, and Wait on that promise.