After a long wait and frequent postpones, Kanye West’s album Jesus Is King is finally here! Going through the record, ‘Selah’ is the second track from his new album. The lyrics of Selah are designed to mimic the biblical theme of the album Jesus Is King. Let’s learn the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘Selah’ by Kanye West.
During one of Kanye’s listening parties in Chicago, he states that ‘Selah’ means “to look back and reflect upon”. Therefore, this retrospective anthem of the song is able to picture the spectrum of Jesus Is King to be more than just music. In the Book of Psalms, ‘Selah’, the common Hebrew word, is used for 71 times.
Introduction: Selah Lyrics
Basically, no one really knows the real meaning behind the word ‘Selah’. However, scholars assume that it means “to lift up” or “exalt”, but we are still unsure as to what it really means. If we follow Kanye West’s proposal of “to look back and reflect upon”, the lyrics of ‘Selah’ should touch the retrospective theme, according to his meaning for the word “Selah”.
However, some fans speculate that the meaning of the word ‘Selah’ is to pause. But again, no one is really sure about the meaning behind the word ‘Selah’ and we are forced to follow Kanye West’s assumption. The spiritual music used in this song might be the most pleasant thing you’ve heard in a while if we are to ignore his aggression when he’s rapping his verses.
Selah Lyrics Meaning
Let’s dissect the meaning behind the lyrics of ‘Selah’ by Kanye West section-wise.
[Verse 1: Kanye West]
The opening line in the lyrics of ‘Selah’ has Kanye West’s opinions on God being the king of all of us. We, human beings, are his soldiers. Kanye doesn’t know about our fate but after his death, he doesn’t need to peak over Heaven’s gate. His services as a soldier of God are so rare that God is willing to let him inside Heaven’s gate while he will be screaming at his chauffeur. For Kanye, his sins are redeemed at the gates of Heaven as he has mentioned in the lyrics of his unreleased song “Up From The Ashes”.
The secret as to how is Kanye able to visualize everything he says he discerns is probably due to the consumption of ‘Lean’, which comes in liquid form and is served along with sodas. He was supposed to be dropping “Yandhi”. But Kanye West’s consciousness level is now determined to serve a higher purpose, i.e. to Follow God. The rapper wants to be free from all of his earthly sins and serve God as one of his sons instead of serving him as one of his soldiers.
[Verse 2: Kanye West]
Even when the rapper is no longer in the effects of ‘Lean’, he wakes up on time and takes care of himself on time. He initiates his day by following God’s messages. Even if he has bitter cups of drinks which remind him of his arch-rival and backstabbers, he has learned to forgive them because he feels like that’s what God would do. Only God can make a true judgment on whether or not a person is a sinner. This is because no one knows us, even we don’t know ourselves, only God knows us.
Conclusion: Selah Meaning
What do you think of Kanye West pursuing the path of making Christian music forever? Do you think it’s true? What do you think is the meaning behind the lyrics of the song “Selah” by Kanye West? Let us know in the comments section below.
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