Richard Weirich

Thanksgiving Forever and Ever – Amen

Thanksgiving Forever and Ever - Amen

…saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

Revelation 7:12

When I was in the Navy Band in Hawaii, I served as the choir director for a small church on Waikiki. Every worship service concluded with the benediction and then the singing of the Sevenfold Amen.

Amen means “so be it.” That’s why the word is used at the end of prayer and worship. But there is also significance to the number seven as in the Sevenfold Amen. In the Bible, seven represents completion and perfection.

Consider the use of seven in God’s creation. God completed his work on the sixth day and rested on the seventh.

The number seven occurs in the Bible 735 times and 54 times in the Book of the Revelation. Seven men in the Old Testament were called “a man of God.” In Matthew 13, Jesus performed seven miracles. And it goes on and on. I recommend Bible study on the significance of seven in the Bible. If you’ve never studied it before, I think you’ll be amazed.

What does all this have to do with today’s focus text? Well, count with me. “Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God.” That’s right. Seven declarations of God’s perfection.

Then following the seven declarations of perfection: “for ever and ever. Amen!”

Thanksgiving, as you and I celebrate it on earth, is a preview of the coming main attraction. It’s a part of our lives that will be enjoyed in heaven. But we won’t just do it once a year, Thanksgiving will be continual and offered with complete sincerity, enthusiasm, and excitement.

Every distraction and encumbrance will be removed when we participate in that great banquet table with our Lord in glory.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4

That’s perfection. The work of Christ will be so complete that we will no longer be faced with problems of any kind. There will be nothing more to pray about or for. Only praise and thanksgiving. “For ever and ever. Amen!”

You and I have been given a glimpse of glory, but the best is yet to come. “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Our Lord is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, (Revelation 22:13) and the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) He WILL complete His work in you and me. (Philippians 1:6)

In heaven, we won’t need a worship leader to tell us to stand on the third verse, or a preacher to ask, “Don’t you love Him today?” Praise and thanksgiving will flow like a mighty river. It will come naturally, without reservation.

There will be no shy or quiet spectators in heaven. That’s because we will be in the completeness and perfection of God’s love and acceptance. No more hang-ups or self-esteem issues to hold us back.

So on this Thanksgiving day, let us give thanks for our blessings — past, present, and future, kept for us in the perfection of Christ.

Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Revelation 7:12

Is your heart burdened with problems on this Thanksgiving? Then read this article: How to Turn Hardships into Blessings

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December)

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