THEME: BANNER OF LOVE
Psalms 20:5 NIV
“May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.”
-The banner of love appears as a display of offering thanksgiving and praises to God. The Lord has won victory for us in all the heavens and earth, and deserves to be worshipped and exulted. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory and honor of God the Father.
Jesus Christ is the banner of love over us. King Solomon in the book of Songs of Solomon deduces his love for his bride, which is an image of God’s love for us. He writes that God brought him to the banqueting house, and His banner over him was love (Song of Solomon 2:4). As the Bridegroom to the church, Christ has shown His church great love by giving Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27). In the same way husbands should love their wives. From the book of Numbers 2:2, we find that the foundation of the banner of love when Lord instructed the Israelites to hold the banner of their families as an exhibition of love and identity. Jesus loved us and gave up His love for us to have eternal life. Therefore, love for one another must be sincere, and we should hate what is evil, cling to what is good, be devoted to one another in love and honor one another above oneself (Romans 12:9-10), just as Christ loved us. We are called to put God first in our lives, families and all that we do. Christ should always be the banner of love over us, that He may guide us in our walk of faith. We are like walking banner or billboards, called to shine as the light and to bring taste to every situation like the salt of the earth, so that people may see our good work and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16). Christ is the banner of love over the nations. In Isaiah 11:12 we find that God will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. The Lord gathered the remnants after the Babylonian captivity and He reveals His eternal plan to gather His people together, both the Jew and the Greek, all who are in Him during the day of the Lord. Christ, the Root of Jesse is our banner of love and deserves all our praises, for all our hope and trust is in Him.
Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Lord You are good Your love endures forever, and Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations. We give thanks to You God of gods, for Your love endures forever. We give thanks to the Lord of Lords, for Your love endures forever. To You who alone does great wonders, Your love endures forever. To You who by Your understanding made the heavens, Your love endures forever. To You who spread out the earth upon the waters, Your love endures forever. To You who made the great lights, Your love endures forever. You are our God and none can be compared to You. You are our banner of love, Your love endures forever. The banner of love over our lives, Your love endures forever. The banner of love over our families, Your love endures forever. The banner of love over our church and community, Your love endures forever. The banner of love over our nation and all the nations of the world, Your love endures forever. May You bless us and answer our prayers and heart’s desires, Your love endures forever. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Philippians 2:10-11, Psalms 136:1-26