Ps 41 – “Blessed is GOD, Israel’s God, always, always, always. Yes. Yes. Yes.”
The Psalmist finishes Psalm 40 exultantly with the words “Amen and Amen.” Eugene Peterson translates them “Yes, yes, yes” but the original “Amen” has considerably more depth. There’s something rich, settled, and secure about the word “Amen.”
So often the word merely signifies the end of a prayer (“I’m finished”) or an agreement with a speaker (“Amen, brother. Preach it”). But in Scripture the word carries far greater weight. It has an almost untranslatable meaning.
The Patmos seer proposed “Amen” as a name for Jesus (Revelation 3:14). And he finished his divine vision by using the powerful affirmation twice in the last two verses of the Bible, as though to remind us that the last word of Scripture should be the first word of our faith.
“Amen” declares our heart-filled “Yes” to God’s “Yes” to us. It is not a religious word, reserved for prayer. It is a life word, for every day and every situation. It transcends the pedestrian uses which we have found for it. Instead, this ancient word — transliterated, not translated — lifts our eyes to see good, to acknowledge God, and to step into an experience of life marked by faith and hope. Yes.
“Amen” asserts the Presence and faithfulness of God. It attests our confidence in His calling and leading. It affirms our responsiveness and allegiance. The Psalmist cries out, “Blessed is God, always, always, always.” And we reply “Amen and Amen” — absolutely, unequivocally, undeniably, unreservedly, unashamedly, and unabashedly.
This day of Lent provides another opportunity for us to live in God’s “Yes.” It grants us another day to live positively, hopefully, and confidently despite the circumstances we face. Amen is not the end of our prayer but the testimony of our Christ-life.
Breath Prayer for Today: “Amen and Amen.”