Rallying the Troops

“Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my banner. “- Exodus 17:15

A yellow post-it note left on my computer keyboard while I was out of the office made my day.  I had been sleuthing around for weeks to find the information written on it.  And there it was, a gift on my desk top that made me feel as if I had been called by Publishers Clearing House.  I recognized the note’s handwriting immediately because it was my husband’s.  My husband had been a regular Sherlock Holmes, knowing how important the name and number was to me.

Funny how a Post It could inspire and encourage me so.   3 lines written in a familiar hand.

Do we get that excited when we see the names of God written in a familiar book, the Bible?  We can have a relationship with the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, a God with a personality.  Just as we have different facets to our personalities, so God does.  Are you funny, loving, organized?  How would people describe you?  Do friends and family come to you for help with something because you have a gift or talent?

God longs for us to call upon the different facets of His character.  He yearns for relationship with His creation.

YHWH – I am who I am, the God who IS.  Jesus used the Greek equivalent when He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”  He equated Himself with God in the first word out of his mouth.  Be assured, Jesus says.  The Father and I are one, and I confirmed it when I proclaimed, “I AM.”

Jehovah-tsidkenu – The LORD our Righteousness, a foretelling of Jesus Christ our Righteousness who gave everything to make it right so we could have a living relationship with the living God, who gives everything to intercede for us every minute of every hour of every day of our lives.

Jehovah-Sabbaoth – The LORD of Hosts who fights our battles for us when we are weary and depressed.  Are you weary?  Physically tired?  Call on Jehovah-Sabbaoth to restore you.

Jehovah-Rapha – The LORD our Healer, who binds up our wounds, both physical and emotional.

And perhaps my favorite…

Jehovah-Nissi – The LORD our Banner

My daughters used to love to sing His Banner Over Me Is Love, a popular children’s praise song.

When I first heard the song, I pictured a computer-generated banner that is hung outside to welcome home a loved one or a type of sign we put up to wish a friend happy birthday.  But that isn’t what it is referring to at all.  It is referring to a military banner called the standard.

The standard was and still is considered the rallying point for troops in battle.  It was a symbol of all the character and pride that a military unit, and in Bible times, a nation, represented. Carrying the standard was a great honor, but it was a dangerous honor.  If the enemy killed the standard bearer, the troops became disoriented.  Have you ever watched an old Civil War movie where a soldier picks up the fallen standard and inspires men to move forward with a shout?

God says that HE is our banner.  We first read about Jehovah-nissi in Exodus ,when Moses becomes weary and Aaron and Hur hold his arms up.  As long as they hold up Moses’ arms, the battle goes in their favor.  Moses boldly declares God to be the Standard and the Standard Bearer.  And God promises to defeat those enemies forever.

What a promise!

Do you ever feel that your life is a battle even in the day to day? Picture the rallying point, the flag over you that says God’s love.  The God who is Jehovah-Nissi, the God who will mobilize your troops for you!

Here’s a great family craft project:

Have your family make a standard flag that represents who your family is.  Perhaps put a symbol to represent each member of your family and what unique gift they bring.  Choose a Bible verse that you would like to represent your  “troops” and put the reference on the flag.  If no one has sewing talent, then make it out of construction paper.  Put it in a place where all can see, like the kitchen or the family room.

And when you need to, rally the troops.

Because the LORD is your banner.

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