Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.
(Psalms 89:52 (NIV))
The psalmist wrote about all of the things that have happened, both good and bad, and closed with these words. He felt so strongly about the need to praise God in all circumstances that he repeated a single word at the end to emphasize the importance of lifting up praise to the Lord!
The word “Amen” means “so let it be.” He felt so strongly that the Lord should be praised forever that he said “So let it be and so let it be.” Think about that simple repetition and human nature and how it applies to the following statements.
“I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it!”
“Go to your room. Go to your room!”
“I’m innocent, I tell you. I’m innocent!”
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry!”
Do you see a trend with respect to human nature and how we try to emphasize something that is really important to us by repeating it?
All that we are is due to what God has done. He created us. He placed us in the Garden of Eden. He loved us even when we sinned. He loved us so much that He devised a plan to redeem us for Himself. With the Lord, His Word is truth. If it is said once, it will happen. With sinful humanity, we feel the need to stress what we truly mean by repeating it. Repetition builds habit. Habits can be either good or bad. Praising God is definitely good. With this in mind, it is important that we continually praise God!
So let there be praise! So let there be praise!