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The LORD Is My Banner

August 2, 2012

The LORD Is  My Banner

All countries  have their own flag  that their country rallies under.     Each of our states  has its own flag — and various groups  of people  have some sort  of flag,  banner,  or standard  — some sort of symbol —  that they recognize  as the emblem  for their group.     Whatever sort of sign,  pole,  signal,  flag,  or banner  a group has,  that is where they gather  for a common cause.

That is how it was  with Moses  as he led Israel  through the desert.     He carried  “the staff of God”, which had been used  to perform miracles  before Pharaoh  and had parted the Red Sea.     That  “staff of God”  symbolized  God’s presence  to the Israelites.

As Moses was leading Israel  through the desert,  the Amalekites decided  to attack them.     The Amalekites were descendants  of Esau  and they commonly raided  and killed others  for pleasure.     Naturally,  they came to attack the Israelites  as they traveled  through the desert.     Moses instructed Joshua  to go out and fight them,  while he would  go  to the top  of a hill  with the  “staff of God”  and hold it up  as he had done  to part the Red Sea.

While holding up  “the staff of God”,  Moses realized  that when his hand went down,  the Amalekites would prevail — and when his hand went up,  Israel would prevail.     No one  can hold their hands up  all day.     So Aaron and Hur  had Moses  sit on a rock  while they held  his hands up.     With his hands held up,  God had Israel  defeat the Amalekites.

Afterwards,  with a most thankful heart,  Exodus 17:15  tells us,

And Moses  built an altar,  and named it  The LORD is My Banner.

Moses realized  that it was actually  the LORD God Almighty  who is the standard,  the banner,  to which  we must all gather.     If we don’t have God  on our side — we have nothing.     Only God Almighty  is our banner of victory — not just  in a battle  with the Amalakites — but  in each and every battle  we are in  from day to day.     Whatever sort  of battle  we face  in our lives,  “the LORD  is my banner”.     We need  to identify  our victory  with the LORD.     He alone  is the one  we look to.     He alone  is able  to lead.

That is why Isaiah 11:10  tells us  about our Savior,

Then  it will come about  in that day
That the nations  will resort  to the root  of Jesse,
Who will stand  as a signal  (a standard, a banner)  for the peoples;
And His resting place  will be glorious.

Ever since  He came  to earth,  Jesus,  our LORD,  has been  our banner.     Jesus alone  is the one  we gather under  and hold up  as our banner,  our flag,  our standard.     We rally  under His holy name.     Jesus alone  is our victory.

Whatever sort of sin,  temptation,  or trial  we need to battle,  Jesus is our banner — “The LORD is my banner.”     When we  hold Jesus up  in our lives,  we will win.     If we  put Jesus down  in our lives,  we will start losing  our battles.     Jesus is  “the root  of Jesse”.     Jesse  was the father  of King David.     Both Mary and Joseph  were descendants  of David.     That is why  their descendant,  Jesus,  is called  “the root  of Jesse”.     And Isaiah tells us  He will  “stand  as a signal  for the peoples;  and His resting place  will be glorious.”

As we gather  under our banner,  Christ Jesus,  we will find  our  “resting place”  and it  “will be glorious”.

Looking  to Christ Jesus  as our banner,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You alone  are our victory  over sin.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,  but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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