August 18 God Is Your Banner

Scripture reading: Psalm 37:1–9

Key verse: Psalm 36:12

There the workers of iniquity have fallen;

They have been cast down and are not able to rise.

Kay Arthur asks,

Are there days in your life when you feel utterly defeated? Outnumbered, outflanked, and outgunned? Do you ever feel overwhelmed and overcome by yearnings of the flesh that run counter to God’s Word and His desire and plan for you?

Where do you turn, Beloved? Where do you find the strength and will to stand fast and keep fighting the good fight? Where do you look for help when the enemy comes in like a flood?

Turn to Jehovah-nissi. Find your deliverance in “the Lord my Banner.” Let your heart thrill at the victory that is ours in Him.

A banner in ancient times was an ensign or standard carried at the head of a military grouping. It became the rallying point in a time of war. Often it was a bare pole topped with a bright ornament that caught the light of the sun.

In times of battle, soldiers would look across the confusion and chaos of the battlefield for a glimpse of their king’s banner. As long as the shining ensign was held high, they would fight with courage and confidence.

God is your Banner. He sees the war raging against you and is your eternal Source of hope and confidence. In times of stress and pressure, take courage. Look for God’s standard moving out in front of you. The victory is yours as you trust Him.

You are my Banner, dear Lord. You are my Source of hope and confidence. Give me courage in times of stress and pressure, knowing that Your standard moves in front of me into battle.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 241). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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