After taking a few days off we’ve resumed thinking through (and hopefully praying through) the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.”
You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer us! Psalm 60:4–5
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is Jehovah-nissi.
This name means “God our banner.” Under His banner we go from triumph to triumph and say, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner; Exodus 17:8-15
When Moses took the time to worship God after a long-fought and difficult battle, he pronounced “Jehovah-Nissi – God our Banner” at the altar.
In the course of human history banners played significant roles in battle. These brightly-colored, easy to see flags had very practical roles to play. No matter where a soldier was on the field of combat, no matter how chaotic and disorganized the fight, that soldier could look around and find his commanding officers. The banner was the place you could rally to find friends and fellow combatants – ready to fight alongside you. Banners were also used on the ramparts of forts to designate to whom the garrison was loyal.
What fantastic focus for our prayers. God is ready to provide the focal point in the midst of our struggles. He gives a place of refuge, a place of fellowship, a place of protection, and a declaration of our loyalty. We can rally to His presence at any time. No matter how tired, discouraged, wounded or scared, He is there… flying high over anyone who comes to Him through the grace provided by Jesus Christ, His Son.
For many of us it’s been a long fight. We might even have failed in our duties in the fight. When we rally to the Lord as our banner, what kind of reception should we expect?
“He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love. Song of Solomon 2:4
Whether this verse is describing the Lord’s love over believers or Solomon’s love over his wife, it is obvious that the purpose of the banner is reassurance of love and that at any time in the relationship “the banner” can be rallied to in order to feel that comforting relationship.
Isn’t it wonderful that at any time in the battle of life when we’re feeling isolated, overwhelmed, out of touch, or just lonely and unloved, God is our banner. We can run to Him in prayer, look for and rally to Him in battle, and always know His love flies high above our lives.
Think about it.