Every year at Christmastime, my church puts on a large production, complete with music, a play, and lights.
And in that show, there is usually a manger scene, where shepherds, wise men, and angels come to worship the newborn king.
During this part of the production, some of the actors bust out these banners. They’re huge and decorative, but that’s not why they catch my eye.
They catch my eye because they shout, “King of Kings!” and “Lord of Lords!”
Something lights in my soul when I see those banners proclaiming such truth.
Banners have another use as well, especially in battle.
In Ann Spangler’s Praying the Names of God, she says that “a banner carried at the head of an army or planted on a high hill [serves] as a rallying point for troops … Because they [embody] the ideas and aspirations of whoever carried them, banners [arouse] devotion to a nation, a cause, or a leader.”
So let me ask: What banner are you flying?
It’s crucial for us to know the answer to this question, because our banner stands between us and the battles in our life.
Who does your banner embody?
Is it Yahweh Nissi (The Lord My Banner)?
Or is it someone—or something—else?
If it’s Yahweh Nissi, then there’s no need to fear the battle, whether it be with actual enemies like those who want to harm us, or with confused souls who mock our faith, or even with the sin that tries to overtake us.
His banner strikes fear into the hearts of our enemies—but only if we hold it up.
Are we living the kinds of lives worthy of The Lord Our Banner? Are we representing Him well? Are we doing all we can to fight sin in the name of our King?
Or have we decided the banner is too heavy to carry? That we no longer believe what it stands for? Have we simply grown lazy, complacent?
Or are we running from the battle, afraid?
Be encouraged! His banner goes before you.
Fear not, because HE goes before you.
Your Turn: How has the Lord been Yahweh Nissi in your life?