28 Mar

As Jesus enters Jerusalem the time before his death, he hears ‘hosannas’ or ‘save’ us

‘hosannas’ can be seen as a pause, a lifting up of voices

This is what the crowd, his disciples, we do: we pause to see and we lift voices.

For myself each day, I pray ‘save me’ in accordance with thy purposeful love, thy mercy. I pray this multiple times each and everyday.

I ‘pause’ when I pray this way. This is my internal ‘hosanna’ -my prayer, a pause.

Verse 8 in psalm 138 defines the Lord’s purpose for us as enduring, a forever, love as a Selah. From Wikipedia,

The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon shows that the main derivation of the Hebrew word selah is found through the fientive verb root סֶ֜לָה which means “to lift up (voices)” or “to exalt,” and also carries a close connotational relationship to the verb סָלַל, which is similar in meaning: “to lift up” or “to cast up.” The word סֶלָה, which shifts the accent back to the last syllable of the verb form, indicates that in this context, the verb is being used in the imperative mood as somewhat of a directive to the reader. As such, perhaps the most instructive way to view the use of this word, particularly in the context of the Psalms, would be as the writer’s instruction to the reader to pause and exalt the Lord.[4]

The NIV has ‘Selah’ by ‘purpose’ in Psalm 138 In the the Hebrew

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;

your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands. ESV

For me it is an instruction ‘to pause and ‘lift’ voice

4 Responses to “hosannas”

  1. Douglas Rutzen March 29, 2018 at 10:58 am #

    Hi Charlie, thanks so much for posting these. I beg your forgiveness for not having commented before, or kept in touch: a presumptuous neglect of our friendship. Regarding the post, I had never heard before of a connection between the words “selah,” “hosanna” and “pause.” The idea of pausing to praise God before going on to the next passage really makes sense to me. The reminder that it is what God wants us to do is encouraging and refreshing. Anita and hopefully Miriam will be in the Bronx in a couple of weeks to celebrate Bob and Jeannie’s long ministry at BHoF. A blessed day to you and Priscilla. Grace and Peace, Doug

    • charlesosewalt March 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      Wonderful to hear from you Doug

      Please send dates that you will be in town as I have something I would like to give you and Anita
      So happy his words lift up

      Much love
      We are all well
      Please stop by when you are here
      3403 Tibbett Ave 10463

  2. Douglas Rutzen April 13, 2018 at 2:50 am #

    How about Sunday at 7 pm? I’m putting your phone numbers in my phone. I’ll call you Saturday to confirm. Thank you for the invitation!

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