He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. ~Song of Solomon 2:4
Today is my wife’s birthday, and I rejoice in how God has blessed her life. It is also Valentine’s Day, a day symbolizing love and romance, especially for husbands and wives. Some people would say that “love is in the air” on Valentine’s Day. The Shulamite woman had a very beautiful description of the love that Solomon had for her. She said, “His banner over me was love.” The word for banner is the same word that describes the standard that the tribes of Israel displayed outside of their respective camp. This banner, or flag, represented who they were and that they were not ashamed of it. Our Lord has a banner over us that loudly and unashamedly tells everyone that He loves us! This morning, let us see: “Yes, Jesus loves me!”
This banner speaks of His identifying promotion.
A banner tells everyone who sees it who we are identified with. A flag is typically hoisted on to a pole and waves in the air so that people can see it. Our Lord is not ashamed to identify Himself with us. He wants everyone to know that He loves us. The banner of His love waves over us in salvation. Salvation is how the Lord saves us from the condemnation of sin and gives us the gift of eternal life. This banner of love waves over us in our struggles. Our Lord demonstrates to us His love by giving us comfort and needed assurance when we feel like we are sinking or overwhelmed. This banner waving over us tells people who are watching that we are never out of His sight or His thoughts.
This banner speaks of the intoxicating power.
In today’s verse, we are told that Solomon brought the Shulamite to the banqueting house. The word for banqueting speaks of a house of wine. It has the idea of something festive. Wine is an alcoholic beverage and, when drunken in excess, leads to intoxication. As Christians, we believe drinking alcohol is a sin. However, the idea here is that the love our Lord has for us is strongly overcoming. It also implies that the love we should have for Him should be a controlling power. Paul said, “Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.” Another way of speaking about this is when we use the term “madly in love.”
This banner speaks of the insulating protection.
We are divinely protected by our Lord’s love. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). With His banner flying over us, the enemies of Hell know that our Lord will not let us become prey into the enemy’s tactics. This banner flying over us is a barrier between us and our foes. It tells these foes that He is our mighty God and the Lords of Hosts. He fights for us and with us so that victory is ours.
Let the banner of our Lord’s love fly high and lifted up. Hide yourself under it. Identify yourself with it. Carry it unashamedly, and let it be known that Jesus is yours and you are His. Be satisfied with our Lord’s love for you, and remember that we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us.
Have a God-loved God Morning!
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