From Randall Van Meggelen for Ligonier Ministries on why we sing “Amen”. He originally wrote this article to explain a song from the Album “Glory to the Holy One”, and I thought this paragraph helpful to explain in General why we say and sing “Amen”. You can find the full article HERE.
We opened our time of worship by singing Phil Wickham’s updated version of The Doxology in which he added a chorus saying “Amen, Amen, Amen, God We Praise You, God We Praise You”. I love this song because he did not change the melody of the traditional verses of the doxology at all. He simply wrote new music and added a chorus and ending. I believe it’s a great way to begin worship because in a very simple way we are focusing our hearts and minds on God, who He is, what He has done, and therefore PRAISING HIM for it all! Below is the paragraph that I read during worship to explain the word AMEN. The first section is the section from the article. I wrote the closing sentence myself to lead us back into worship.
Amen is recorded in Scripture with respect to both God and man. Vines Complete Expository Dictionary summarizes: “Amen, said by God, (means) ‘it is and shall be so,’ and by men, (means) ‘so let it be.’” Amen expresses the truth of God’s being (Isaiah 65:16) and the certainty of His testimonies (Psalm 19:7), precepts (Psalm 111:7), curses (Hosea 5:9), and mercies (Isaiah 55:3). Christ is “the Amen” (Revelation 3:14), in whom all God’s promises are affirmed (2 Corinthians 1:20). Amen concludes all but three New Testament books. Christ often prefaced His pronouncements with “truly (amen) I say to you.” In the Gospel of John, He preceded His declarations 25 times with the twofold formula, “truly, truly” (amen, amen).
We sing “AMEN” because it is the language of our God, of Scripture, of Jesus, and of us as Christians. Let that truth shape how we sing and worship this morning.