Sunday at the community of faith we have been attending a song began with Amen over and over.
Amen… What does it mean?
Simple definition is that it is an “utterance at the end of a prayer meaning ‘so be it.’”
dictionary.com gives explanation that Amen is “derived from the Hebrew ‘amen’ which means ‘certainty,’ truth’ and ‘verily.’’
What I find interesting is, all “main” religions (Christianity, Judasim, Islam) use this word. There are different pronunciations based on the region one lives in.
I was drawn to the word because I realized that I didn’t want to speak it or say it unless I was in agreement with what I was singing. I also have realized that I want to be careful saying amen to something I am uncertain of.
We often just “go with the flow” when the pastor, or worship leader, or anyone speaking for that matter, asks us to say, “amen.” We get caught up in the moment and without thinking we say, “Amen.”
Friends, we must be careful.
In today’s world it is very easy to get into agreement with wrong teachings. It is easy to get caught just saying, “amen” to anything because those around us do. Even at the end of prayers we end with a simple, “amen.”
The word, “amen” could place us in agreement with something we don’t want to be in agreement with. This means we should be listening closely to what is being said. It means we need to be in active participation with what is happening around us. There is no room for agreeing with something we should not be in agreement with. We need to take our “amens” seriously.
Here are some verses to end with that we CAN and SHOULD say AMEN to! A positive way to begin and end our days, our prayers, our songs…
The last verse in Psalm 89: Blessed be Adonai forever. Amen. Amen.
The end of Psalm 41 is similar: Blessed be Adonai the God of Isra’el from eternity past to eternity future. Amen. Amen.
Psalm 72:19 Blessed be his glorious name forever, and may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen. Amen.
These are AMEN worthy.
I believe these statements are definitely something we should come into agreement with. Giving HIM praise and adoration. Giving HIM blessing!
Today, take time to LISTEN to what is happening around you and be in agreement with ONLY the things from Him. Then, say Amen.