Selah: Put Pauses Back in Your Church Services

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Church Music, Worship Leading | No Comments

We work really hard on seamless transitions in our church music services. One song feeding perfectly into the next. Ending a song on the first chord of the following. Leaving no awkward space.

But in the process of leaving no awkward space, we also leave no thoughtful space.

In the Psalms, when you see the word, “Selah“, this literally meant to pause and reflect during this instrumental interlude.

You don’t have to have silence, even though you may find that extraordinarily powerful. You can have your synth player hold a pad. But consider giving the congregation some time to think.

Give them some Selah this week. After all, it’s biblical.