Amen – To Say or Not to Say, Part 2of6, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Psalm 72:18–20, “18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! 19And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. 20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended”

This Psalm of Solomon, son of David brings this powerful psalm concerning the Glory and Universality of the Messiah’s Reign. At the end of this psalm what was his focus?

First, he focused on the Blessings. He wanted God’s name to be eternally blessed for all the wondrous things he has done. Many people long to leave a legacy behind for themselves, making a name for themselves based on the “good things” they hope to be remembered for. Solomon was known for his wisdom, his influence, his wealth, his temple, etc… Yet, in his psalm did he focus on himself? Nope! Did he perhaps focus on any of his greatness, of the greatness of his father David? Solomon wanted God’s name to be remembered more, than he desired his own name to be remembered. Not only did he want God’s name to be blessed, but he also desired that the whole earth would be filled with the glory of God. He wanted the whole earth to be filled the very glory of God. What does Solomon see the earth is filled with if not the glory of God? There is war, disease, death, burdens, destruction, etc…, but Solomon desires that “God’s glory, is to be a holy site of worship, where God makes his presence known (cf. Exodus. 40:34–35; 1Kings 8:10–11), and this prayer is that the whole earth be such a sanctuary (cf. note on Isaiah 6:3).[1]” Then he says Amen and Amen! This is to say, he agrees with this blessing and yes let him say again he agrees. I imagine he desires if you will, for the whole of creation to say amen and amen that it is filled by the very glory of God, as it was at one time, apart from any residue or presence of sin.

Psalm 72:19 The filling of the earth with God’s glory will be fulfilled in the consummation Revelation 21:22–27, “22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

This is the picture that Solomon longs for. Amen! Is this what you long for? Do you long to say Amen, not for Solomon’s temple, but the temple of the Lord? Do you long to say Amen, to abide in a city that has NO need of the sun, for the light of the Lord and His glory will be all the light that will ever be needed or desired? Do you say Amen that all the nations will walk by his glorious light that in the Lamb of God that draws the very nations unto Himself? Do you say Amen, that all the kings and rulers of the earth will bring their glory before the Lord and that their glory will be shrouded only by the greatest glory, the Glory of the Lord Himself! All sin will be eradicated, for no sin can dwell in His presence. Even now does your heart cry out for this reality with a hearty, AMEN! Only those that are born again will be there? There will not be one detestable, false convert, false preacher, heretic, or false teacher present. Many think that their name is written in that book, and many are mistaken. Matthew 7:21-23 reminds us of this grave reality. Are you truly born again, and is your name written in heaven? Are you saying Amen or ouch! Let us reach the lost so they too may know the glorious Lamb of God, and join the Church of Jesus in saying Amen and Amen! The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity (2Timothy 2:14),” therefore those who have their name chiseled in the Lamb’s book of Life will be the only ones present. Will that be YOU? Are you saying Amen! Whether someone is gloriously saved or one goes to the Lake of fire, the name of the Lord will be praised and we can say Amen and Amen. Oh, how I look forward to the day when the Messiah will rule and reign forevermore and to that I say AMEN and AMEN!

Until the nets are filled….Blessings, Phil, the Evangelist <><

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