In writing musical compositions, a composer will sometimes insert a mark called a rest. The dictionary defines a rest as an interval of silence between tones, marked with a symbol. Several signs are used and each one corresponds with a note value to indicate the length of the pause, in other words, a silence of a certain duration.
In the perfection of the composition, the rest must be observed, during which the beat still continues. After the rest, the next note is played right on time and the music resumes. The break is a part of the arrangement; nothing is lacking. On the contrary, interest and attention are heightened.
Each instrument must be played according to the timing and notes written for it for the melody to be evident. Though the composition for each instrument is different, each note written for that instrument must be followed in order for the conductor to orchestrate the harmony.
David knew his compositions needed these pauses, these rest periods, and sprinkled them throughout his psalms. The word is selah, which, in Hebrew, means suspension or pause, to lift up or exalt, a technical musical term possibly showing accentuation or interruption.
God writes a composition for each of our lives for His purpose of alignment, direction, and harmony. And in His design of things, a rest is occasionally necessary.
When some conflict, some heartache, interrupts our lives, it is as the pause in the composition, a break in the rhythm of things, and, if we are attuned and fitting into His timing and His plan, the sweet melody of life will play on. Each trial or heartache has its own length of duration, during which time, God continues to conduct the rhythm of our lives. And the beat goes on.
As His instruments, we rest in His timing, His direction, stopping to pay attention to every stroke of His Conductor’s baton and following every note (as every command) of His Composition (His Word). When the hiatus is over, the harmony of life begins once again.
God uses the instruments in tune with His great purposes. Those sensitive enough to know the tune He wants them to play. Beautiful melodies come from these.
Each of you is a special instrument being fine-tuned for great service, to play beautiful music for the Master Conductor.
God says, “My harmony is the sweetest when played on the instruments lying closest to My feet.”
The greatest joy, success, achievement, and satisfaction can only come when we learn our music lessons and allow God to conduct our lives. That we might make melodious harmony before His throne.
“All these were under the direction of their father
for the music in the house of the Lord.”
(1 Chron. 25:6a NKJV)
Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.