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.

Ben