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Do You have Standards? ~ SoS Saturday

His banner over me is love. ~ Song of Songs 2:4 NASB

I can’t read this without having the song we sang as kids run through my head. I guess when, as a child, I sang the song,

He lifts me up to His banqueting table, His banner over me is love.

I was picturing a big party with a long sign hanging across the wall “LOVE” and me sitting as the guest of honor.

But as I do a little digging, I find that everywhere else this word banner is used it is translated “standard.” This is not standard in the sense of a measure of conduct, but this standard is the flag or banner an army uses to rally the troops.

Raising the flag at Iwo Jima

This banner or flag is what calls the troops together, it unites them, it reminds them of what they are fighting for, it swells their chest with pride, and unifies them toward one purpose. It actually stirs such great commitment, that those who rally to this standard or banner would lay down their life in it's service.

In fact – the root word from which this is derived shows up twice in the Song, and both times the phrase is

As awesome [terrible – KJV] as an army with banners. ~ Song of Songs 6:4

So here is what I am taking away today as I picture myself in that House of Wine, just outside the door of my hideaway with my Lover, is His army (that would be the army of the Lord of Hosts) standing guard carrying a banner. This banner, perhaps with a cross, or an open grave, or a dove, or a flame of fire – all good images, states in no uncertain terms that all of my Lord’s considerable forces stand in my service at the ready to defend and protect me from all the power of the enemy.

Consider this:

And the seventy returned with joy, saying,

“Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

And He said to them,

I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” ~ Luke 10:17-20 NASB

And this:

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them. ~ Psalm 34:7

There is no safer place that in the arms of our Beautiful Savior under His banner of love and protection!

BenThanks for stopping in.

See you next week.


0 thoughts on “Do You have Standards? ~ SoS Saturday

  1. cycleguy

    Well said Ben and a great word for me this weekend. When I am faced with seemingly impossible odds, I have a standard-bearer who will rally the troops for me.

  2. jaels

    WOW and WOW--I especially like Psalm 34:7. I had the party scene with the banner--like "Welcome Home!"--in my head too, and that's still fine when things are rolling along without ruffle; but when the tires blow--I want to know the Chief Commander and His army are there, flags strong in the breeze. And surely I know from recent experience, it is true--He is indeed guarding/protecting and fighting for me. Praise His Wonderful Name, Jesus! God bless you, brother Ben.

      1. jaels

        Hey, Ben? I have a poem coming up soon that uses the banner/flag--hope you don't mind that I use your teaching for poetry inspiration now and then. I figure it's like "extra credit homework", proves I'm listening in class most of the time!

  3. Debbie

    What an encouragement and faith exploder you have set out for us today! I know someone who is going through a great deal of fear . .of not feeling safe . I'm going to share this with her! Thank you, Mr. Ben , and God bless you! Also, have you heard that song by Chris Tomlin . . .it sings about the God of angel armies , is always by my side? Your post reminded me of it!

    1. Ben Nelson

      that's Great Deb - i will check out the song for sure. Fear can be such an abiding enemy - Philistine that it is hard to be rid of. We need to remind ourselves and each other often that the battle is the Lords


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