A Selah study is for anyone and is an easy way to learn how to study the Bible. The basic premise of Selah is to take a passage of scripture and dwell on it by reading and meditating upon it for five days in a row. Selah helps you to open up and understand the passage by directing you to look up keywords, identify characters, ask questions, look for cross-references, find themes, discover God’s Character, and apply the Word to your life. You will even learn how to pray the scriptures! The goal of any Selah study is transformation, not just information. Below I have listed eight resources that are helpful in your study of the Word using the Selah Method.
Selah Series- Choose a Selah study. Maybe you want to start small with Selah Ruth, an 8-week study. Or perhaps you are ready to dive into 22 weeks of with Selah Psalm 119.
Study Bible- Your Bible is your main textbook! Study Bibles have useful maps and context information set up as the introduction to each book of the Bible. Often, there are outlines that give you the layout of the book at a glance.
Pens- Ooooh, I love using colored pens! They give me variety and help me to see different things marked out by their color. You can use a different color for each day, each section might have a different color, or you might want to emphasize a specific discovery in specific colors.
Bible Dictionary- Formatted much like an encyclopedia, short articles are arranged in alphabetical order. Use it to learn about people, places and what words or phrases might mean.
Concordance- An alphabetical index of words used in the Bible and the main Bible references where the word occurs. Concordances are incredibly useful for locating passages in the Bible if you can remember just one word in a verse.
Cross Reference Bible- Some Bibles have a cross-reference within the margins or as footnotes. The goal of cross-referencing is to shine more light upon the Author’s intent by referring to other verses.
Key Word Study Bible- There are times when a Greek or Hebrew word has a distinct meaning that affects the proper interpretation of Scripture. Unless you are familiar with these languages, you will not be able to determine what word in the original text was used or the differences between these words. This is why I use the Key Word study Bible!
Maps- Maps are an invaluable resource found in the back of your Bible. It helps students of the Bible to picture the location and understand distances, geographical obstacles, and perceive relationship of one place to another.
Commentaries- Commentaries can be useful, but I would strongly encourage you to abstain from reading a commentary until you have completed your five days of study using the above materials. Find out what God is saying to you not what some other author has opined.
Perhaps you are not interested in purchasing all the materials I have mentioned above, I get it!! In the next blog post, Why I Love Using Blue Letter Bible for My Selah Study, I will tell you what I personally use for my Selah Resource and why I think it is so easy!