1 Chronicles 16:36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.
People file into church, fellowship with their friends, find a seat and get ready for Sunday morning worship. The choir or special music sing and people shout “AMEN.” The morning prayer is finished and people agree with “AMEN.” The pastor delivers the message that God has laid upon his heart for that day, and spread throughout the sermon you hear people say “AMEN.” Yet when Sunday night and Wednesday night services role around, you look around, and see that the same “AMEN” folk are nowhere to be seen. What does AMEN mean to them anyway?
The Children of Israel in today’s verse shout, “AMEN, and praised the Lord.” Yet as we read on we’ll see that this great nation really did not mean AMEN at all. You see, the word AMEN means; “So be it,” or “Truly.” It’s a word of agreement with what’s been said before it. Israel had just said that they agreed with the statement, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever.” For ever and ever? That didn’t happen. In fact, God removed them from the promised land for not being faithful to Him. In Revelation 3:14 it says; “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” Jesus is referred to as “AMEN,” meaning the trustworthy one. Our AMEN’S should mean the same. We are trustworthy to the Lord in what we agree with.
It’s easy to get caught up in a moment and not think about what we are saying. Sometimes we get in a habit and say words without even thinking. Yet when we say AMEN, it really ought to mean something. So be it, truly, or trustworthy.
Do we really mean AMEN when we say it?
Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director