Q. What does that little word “Amen” express?
A. “Amen” means: This shall truly and surely be! It is even more sure that God listens to my prayer than that I really desire what I pray for (1).
Read: (1) Isa. 65:24; 2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Tim. 2:13.
I hate it when my husband is barely listening to me but he is saying aha, mmmhhh, yup… and a couple of minutes later I notice that he hasn’t been paying attention at all! I feel like many times we treat God like that. We say amen and mindlessly assent but we’re not really paying attention. Let’s study what “Amen” really means as we study the last question, question 128 of The Heidelberg Catechism.
We say amen during sermons, to end our prayers, when we agree with something in the Bible and many times even in worship songs. We’ve heard it so many times and we’ve used this term so many times that it has become a reflex. We go into automatic pilot and simply say amen at the right time. But the word “amen” is a sacred one. It is willfully accepting and affirming your full worship to God. It is understanding who God is fully and assenting to His sovereignty. It is accepting His Truth and therefore submitting to it. And for that our worship of God has to be done with all our mind, heart, soul and strength. We need to understand and have knowledge of God’s authoritative revelation in The Bible and be fast to submit to it.
Saying amen is understanding the implications of following Christ. Not only assenting to the knowledge of His Word but also willfully submitting into it in obedience. It implies a worship of God in everything we do by confidently submitting to His loving authority regardless of our feelings, circumstances or the public’s opinion.
Sister, your amen should come understanding your responsibility in repentance and obedience, not as a mindless automated response to something that you may have liked. Your amen should come as a resolution, as a joyful understanding of the privilege we have to submit and serve our Heavenly Father.
So today, dear sister, I ask you that when you say amen, it wouldn’t be a mindless action but a joyful cry of submission to God’s amazing and good Word.
May it be so. Amen and amen!