Sometimes it’s the most common things that escape our notice. You’re so used to seeing them, that you miss them. But when they’re doubled up, sometimes they will grab your attention. Such was the case for me this morning. Amen and Amen.
I was surprised as I did a bit of computer concordance work. In the Old Testament, the word for “amen,”, which by the way is “amen,” only shows up 30 times in 24 verses. It simply means “truly” or “so be it.” A couple of times it is linked directly with God’s name as in “Elohim Amen” . . . “the God of truth” (Isa. 65:16). But most often it is used as a response . . . “so be it.” And on five occasions it is doubled up. Amen and Amen! So be it . . . so be it! And in four of those five times, the declaration worthy of a “double truly” is “blessed be the LORD!”
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen. (Psalm 41:13 ESV)
Psalm 41 is a song of David when he was on his sickbed. And, if you were David, you really couldn’t afford to be under the weather for any length of time for it provided just another occasion for your enemies to rise against you. They hoped it would be a sickness unto death . . . they whispered of his demise. They hoped for the worst for him . . . the rumors were rampant . . . “a deadly thing is poured out on him” . . . “he will not rise from where he lies.” Even some whom David considered to be in his inner circle, viewed his weakness as perhaps their opportunity for advancement. Of them David would say, “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me” (41:9). (Sound familiar? . . . check out John 13:18).
And so David twice cries out, “O LORD, be gracious to me.” Heal me, he prays, . . . raise me up . . . “by this I know that You delight in me.”
And as he petitions heaven’s throne he knows that God will uphold him for he is reminded of God’s promises to him and that He, who is King over all, has “set me in Your presence forever” (41:12).
And so David concludes his song by blessing the LORD. And punctuates his closing with the double exclamation, “Amen and Amen.”
Blessed be the LORD . . . truly, truly . . . so be it, so be it.
He’s still in bed . . . fever continues to persist . . . the wolves continue to circle and plot outside his chamber. But David has called out to the God who delivers. He has petitioned the God who shows favor and grace to those He has called. He has pleaded his case to the One who protects the children of promise. He has remembered Him who has proven Himself a faithful and trustworthy refuge. And so, it’s time to bless the LORD.
No more to be said. No more to be done. Just bless the LORD from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen!