Your ShieldJanuary 4, 2014
Matthew 4January 6, 2014
“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.” (Psalm 20:5)
When the children of Israel wandered through the wilderness for 40 years, they would set up camp in a certain prescribed arrangement. Each tribe would set up their standard or banner in front of their camp. For example, the tribe of Judah camped on the east side. “And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies. (Numbers 2:3)
God commanded them to set up their identifying flag in front of their camp. “Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.” (Numbers 2:2) This way the tribe presented their flag before the other tribes and before their enemies.
In the 70’s and early 80’s we went through a phase where churches made flags and banners. Sometimes there were processions with everyone carrying a flag and praising God for His goodness and love. Some flags were simple and some were very elaborate. All of them touted the various aspects of God—such as His various names. We had several flags and banners in our church. When we weren’t using them, we hung them on the wall or from stands to remind us of some aspect of God’s blessing toward us.
I enjoyed that season. We are visual people. Sometimes seeing a banner, for example, reminds us of the blessing we have in Christ. I’m not sure why they went away, and we put the flags in boxes on a shelf somewhere, but there is a season for everything.
The banner was for an ensign of our Father’s house. We are to be the banner. We are to display God’s goodness and blessing to the world. We identify with the Father and reveal Him to others.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” (Song of Songs 2:4)
What kind of banner are you? I hope you are one who displays God’s love and grace to the world around you.