Friday, February 4, 2011

Things To Ponder

I recently purchased Eugene H. Peterson's version of the Bible, The Message. I started reading it in Psalms and Romans. I am now still in Psalms but have moved to 1 Corinthians. While I enjoy my New King James Version of the Bible, I am finding some jolts of brilliance and wow power in seeing things in another way. I was put onto this bit of newness by Andrea at Arise 2 Write. I am grateful for all of the lovely Scriptures she has placed on her blog which hit me at just the right time. So now here are some which I felt jumped out at me and I hope they bless you.

"Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you." Romans 6:6-11 The Message

"God has set everything right between him and me." Romans 10:11-13 The Message

"Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy." Romans 15:7-13 The Message

"It's not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of the process but God, who makes things grow." 1Cor. 3:5-9 The Message

"I hear this most gentle whisper from One I never guessed would speak to me. "I took the world off your shoulders." Psalm 81:1-5, 6-7 The Message.

I'm going to keep going back and forth with my two Bibles and hope that I can see my old precious scriptures in a new light and will be able to better absorb and use the Word that I have.

Going back to the New King James Version, in Psalm 75:3, the word "Selah" is used. I have been told that this means, listen or pay attention, think about these things. There are many times when I read something profound or new and I just write "Selah" in my Bible. When I have time, I'll put it on a card and ponder the meaning. It's just a fun Bible word which I like to use. I think many such words are beautiful and powerful.
Hope you get an anointed message today that helps you to praise God, be joyful, or work towards the Kingdom.


  1. What wonderful scriptures! I had never heard of Selah before. I will remember that word, I like the way it sounds and what it means:)

  2. I've heard Selah means "pause." Something we often don't do today. :O)

  3. Hi Nancy -

    I have the Message Bible, but haven't used it much. Perhaps I should pull it out and read it side by side my favorite translations.

    The King James is like second nature to me. I also like the Young's Literal Translation of the Bible.

    Susan :)

  4. Susan - I used to love the NASB but I gave my Bible all full of notes to a girl at a corectional facility. Then I heard how great NKJ was and now that one is all marked up. It seems I can't get it unless I make a note. I'd love to try the Young's translation.

  5. Love this post! I often go to Bible Gateway or Biblos and look up a verse then read it in all of the different bible translations. I find that it helps me get a deeper understanding of the verse and how I can apply it to my every day life.