Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 25, 2022

“The LORD is My Banner” – “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed” – “his banner over me is love.”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 17:14-16.

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”  Moses built an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner;  and he said, “The LORD has sworn;  the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.”  Exodus 17:14-16.


Specifically, the last two Scriptures in which we read about the Amalekites or Amalek are the following.   

“From them, from the sons of Simeon, five hundred men went to Mount Seir, with Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, as their leaders.  They destroyed the remnant of the Amalekites who escaped, and have lived there to this day.”  1 Chronicles 5:43.

“O God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.
2 For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have exalted themselves.
3 They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against Your treasured ones.
4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
5 For they have conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them;
They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah.

“17 Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever,
And let them be humiliated and perish,
18 That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD,
Are the Most High over all the earth.” Psalm 83:1-8 and 17-18.

More generally, there are many Scriptures about the LORD saving His chosen ones from their enemies. I quote the following one because it mentions “in the name of our God we will set up our banners.”

“5 We will sing for joy over your victory,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some boast in chariots and some in horses,
But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen,
But we have risen and stood upright.
9 Save, O LORD;
May the King answer us in the day we call.” Psalm 20:5-9.

“He has brought me to his banquet hall,
And his banner over me is love.” Song of Solomon 2:4.


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