our new little girl is named Selah (pronounced SAY-la) Grace. here’s some thoughts on her name.
one of the reasons I was really excited for a baby girl is that we both really love the name we found for her. we also love the boy’s name (which will remain unrevealed, just in case) but there’s something special about Selah Grace. we had a couple good girl names but nothing that was super clear was “the one.” but then one morning we sat down to read the Bible together, and read through Psalm 20. if you’re familiar with the Psalms, you’ve undoubtedly seen the word “Selah” but probably ran right past it. but being in babyname mode, it stuck out to me as a lovely possibility for name, especially given the meaning, even if it is uncertain. after a brief discussion, we both realized we really really liked it, so it went to the top of the list.
it turns out that no one is sure what Selah means. it first appears in Psalm 3:2, and the footnote of the NIV there says “A word of uncertain meaning, occurring frequently in the Psalms; possibly a musical term”. commentators and babyname folks have picked up on the usage in the Psalms and have defined it as “sacred relection” or “pause and reflect”. there’s some interesting info about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selah notably calling it “the most difficult word in the Hebrew Bible to interpret.
other tidbits: yes, we know it’s the name of a CCM singing group. I’m not too familiar with their stuff yet however. also, note that we’re pronouncing it “SAY-la” and not “SEE-la” (and not “SHE-la”). poor kid will probably have to spell both her first and last name for a while.
so, I love that her name is a mix of music and meditation. music is a big part of our lives, and in fact Selah has always taken notice of loud music while in the womb. and we certainly need more moments to stop and reflect on God’s grace and goodness. within the last year or so Michelle especially has discovered the special joys of really meditating on Jesus and His life-changing love.
this of course leads me to her middle name: Grace. if she takes after me, she has no chance of being graceful in the sense of “seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement.” but I do hope she takes after us in knowing God’s grace through Jesus. of course the entire Bible is saturated with verses about grace, but I think it is summed up in Ephesians 2:8: for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.
so little Selah Grace, we don’t yet know what your personality is like, but we pray that throughout your life you will pause and reflect on God’s grace, and that as His covenant child you will know and love and serve Him forever.