Live The Amen

“Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!”

Psalm 72:19  

A friend sent me a text message after last Sunday morning service thanking me for the teaching and suggesting I do a devotional titled, “Living The Amen” based on what I had shared. I liked it so much I decided I would. If you think about it pretty much everyone has used the word “Amen” at one time or another. Most often we say, “amen” at the end of a prayer and every once in awhile “amen” is used almost sarcastically when someone makes a statement that we wholeheartedly agree with and belt out a hearty “amen” that you would normally expect from a southern Baptist preacher as we express our approval or support.

If you didn’t know, the word “amen” found in our bible means, “so be it” which is to say, “I agree” or maybe better put, “I accept” that which was previously stated. The most frequent use of the word "amen" in the Bible is to affirm praise to the Lord. That’s why “Living in the amen” is so fitting for us to seek to do each day. I shared last Sunday, since we know that God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105) we should approach our time in God’s word with an “amen” even before we start reading our bible and not just at the end.

The best way then to read God’s word is not just with an open heart and open mind but also with the desire to say, “amen” to everything the Lord instructs us to do. In other words, to “live the amen” is praying on the front end, “Lord, whatever it is I am about to read in Your Word, help me to ‘live the amen’ by doing whatever your Word will call me to do.” I can promise you this, if we all would approach our time in God’s word with the desire to “live the amen” we’d never ever experience another day of boredom in our lives as “living the amen” is a life changing adventure!

Yes, loved one, “living the amen” is the best way to not only get the best out of each day, but “living the amen” is what gives meaning and purpose to our days. “Living the amen” is the highest form of praise we can offer to God because…
“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

Romans 11:36  


Michael Osthimer





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