When we think of banners, we may think of flags waving at football games or what beauty contestants wear at pageants. A movie may portray a scene with two armies in a valley or on the crest of hills and facing each other. Each army has a separate flag, or banner, with specific colors, emblems, or words. Each soldier wears similar garments identifying whom they serve.
The movie scene is actually more in line with the meaning of this name of God. If a person is lost, what would he seek to find his way home? In this instance, something providing direction to that place of refuge and safety. A banner, a signal, or a flag. Something familiar pointing the way to a territory that belongs to the one who provides security. And something that has already been fixed permanently in the right position. A symbol of victory.
We may not hear many sermons about Jehovah Nissi, “The Lord is My Banner.” It captivated me to find out more about what it means to have the Lord as My Banner.
The Lord is My Banner is centered on warfare. We are in a continuous inner battle in our mind, our will, and our emotions. The struggle is real and may become more prominent with certain circumstances. A tug of war with the way we do or do not want to go. A fight to speak or not to speak inappropriate words. A battle to determine to do what is right or not. An encounter with adversity, despair, defeat, or depression. An uncertainty of what may be the next step in a decision to be made.
When we focus on God as Jehovah Nissi, we acknowledge Him as our victor. Jesus won the battles we face through His death, burial, and resurrection. The Holy Spirit is with us continually and guides one step at a time on the right path. We have confidence that when we feel defeated and are not sure where to go, we can always come to The Lord Our Banner. He points the way by waving His banner of love over us. He invites us to come to Him, and He is ready to receive. In Him we find refuge and safety.
He takes great delight in us. He rejoices over us with singing. He quiets us with His love. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Our Faith Challenge for this weekend: Are you seeking The Lord as Your Banner? We have the tools to guide us: Scripture, churches filled with people who are seeking and those who have come to that place of security. Discover the banners that are over you: loved, accepted, and complete.
Lord, Our Banner, You continually invite us to come to You for safety, and You are ready to receive. When we do not know the direction, show us the way and help us to find the right path. In Your Name, Amen.