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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Raise My Banner High


"We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God." Psalm 20:5

After 9/11/01 it seemed every home in town was mournfully, yet proudly adorned with an American flag. If I recall correctly, I believe department stores sold out of them. Americans even painted flags on their roof tops, stuck them on their cars and wore them as symbols of their love of country. It was an emotional time when patriotism and anger were at their highest levels. It was a time when we were all forced to take a hard look at our country, the value of our freedoms, our families and decide if it was all worth fighting for.

About three weeks ago in the middle of a worship service at church, God planted this phrase in my heart, "Raise my banner." Now, there are banners (flags) in the back of our church sanctuary for people to use as an expression of worship so naturally, not wanting to step out of my comfort zone, I ignored what I was hearing. I didn't want to draw attention to myself, especially since I can't even chew gum and walk at the same time let alone wave a flag and walk...gracefully.

Since lightning didn't come out of the ceiling and strike me, I figured I was in the clear. But, honestly I haven't been able to shake this phrase. It keeps coming back to mind. So, I've had some candid discussions with God of late asking, "What is up with this?!" No answer. I was even willing to take up a worship banner during church this past week if the service leaned toward that type of expression. But, it didn't.

So, feeling like God is obviously trying to get my attention, I did some research on the word "banner" in scripture to see what the message could possibly mean. To my surprise I found that the word banner is only found in the Old Testament (Exodus 17:15, Psalm 20:5, Psalm 60:4, Isaiah 18:3 and Jeremiah 51:27). Much like today, banners symbolized a tribe or a nation and were used to rally their people together. But, when it was raised and placed on a mountain or lofty place it was a call to war. Once the flag was positioned, the war trumpets were blown and the flag served as a source of encouragement for the troops below. It signified what they were fighting for and why.

In Exodus 17 after a battle God instructs Moses to record the battle and to build an altar. Moses called it "The Lord is my banner" or "Jehovah-nissi." Moses wanted Israel to know that it wasn't by his own power, his own arms that they fell into victory, but it was God who raised the banner of His protection, presence and aid that brought them victory. (Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary, Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary).

So what does "raise my banner high" mean for me? Since I do fear the Lord and in light of what I "see" playing out in my life right now, it means two things. First, I must constantly remind myself that "the Lord is my banner." If I experience victories, it is only by God's grace and favor; not my own abilities. Second, I think God is calling me to rally around Him; to look toward Christ as my banner, my sustainer, my encourager, my protection, my Victor as I face any battle before me especially as I walk obediently with Him.

What does it mean for others? I'm not sure. But as I worship corporately on Sunday, if God calls us to battle, if He prods my heart to make Christ known as our banner, I will raise a worship flag. May God guide my clumsy feet with grace!



6 comments:

  1. Good post! I was looking for what "raising a banner" meant and came across this blog. I praise God that He speaks to my sisters, and they obediently proclaim His truths. Blessings! See you in Heaven!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by this blog. I must place an email notice for the comments. So sorry I missed you by so many months.

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  2. You know if the world raise their standard through the world, why can't we raise God's Banners of who God My Father is, The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, The Alpha and Omega. God has said to me to "Raise My Banner."Thank you that the conformation to "Raise My Banner", is certainly what the Lord's will for me. At this time we are in the process of making God's banners along with Israel's Standard with the twelve tribes of Israel. I am from the Tribe of Judah, we will raise our banners to the east on our mountain named Haleakala,"The House of the Sun." again God Bless You Abundantly, Sheilah

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    1. Sheilah,

      Your words bless me greatly. May God oversee all you do and show His favor on Judah and all the tribes as they step out in obedience and raise His banner high!

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  3. We Raise God's Banner at the summit of Haleakala, March 21, 2014, a second time. lots to write and it got erased. I hope you can join us in Raising God's Banner on the Island of Maui. It's Spring Break week and in the Jewish Calendar its Rosh Chodashim, Unleavened Bread-Sanctification and Redemption of my people and deliverance. Sheilah

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    1. Oh, Shelah - I wish I could join you all in raising your banners. Unfortunately, I live a day's flight from you. But, I know God sees you and blesses you, for you are His chosen nation. Amen! Keep me posted to what God is doing through you.

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