Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day by Day

The U.S. Army's "hoo-ah" is a guttural response barked when troops voice approval or acknowledgement. (Marines say, "hoo-rah.) It's original meaning is lost to history, but some say it is derived from an old acronym "HUA"—Heard, Understood and Acknowledged. I first heard the exclamation in basic training.

Many years later it found it's way into my vocabulary again when I and a number of men began to meet on Wednesday mornings to study the scriptures and think of ways to inculcate God's word into our lives.

One morning, one of the men in the group—a former member of the 82nd Airborne Division—was reading one of the psalms and came to the notation selah that occurs throughout the psalter. Instead of reading selah however, he growled, "hoo-ah!" and that became our word for selah ever after.

No one knows what selah actually means. Some say it is only a musical notation, but it often appears after a truth that calls for a visceral response of acknowledgement and thanksgiving. In that sense hoo-ah works for me

This morning I read Psalm 68:19 "Blessed be the Lord, who daily (day to day) bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah"

How about that! Every single morning God "loads us up" on his shoulders (the meaning of the verb "to bear up") and carries us all through the day. He is our salvation. Thus safe and secure in him, "I've no cause for worry or for fear." HOOOOO-AH! I say.


Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my troubles here.
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.

Russ Taff's clip, "Day by Day":

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