Devotional Thought for Today – 11/27/2020

Psalms 60:4 – “a banner to those who fear You” | In His Word




In this corporate lament psalm (used for group settings), the psalmist laments a recent military defeat and prays that God will accompany His people in their next battle. He describes how he feels God has rejected them (v. 1–3), but shows confidence in God’s deliverance (v. 4–5). After God speaks (v. 6–8), the psalmist asks for His help in battle (v. 9–11). He is confident that, with God, they will be victorious (v. 12). The second half of the psalm (v. 5–12) is repeated nearly verbatim in 108:6–13.  Faithlife Study Bible

Today when one thinks of Banners we often think of big and bold signage that points someone to an event or attraction of some kind. Many are inflatable and frankly just plain ugly. 

The practice of having a Banner or Standard  is one of practicality and goes back to the times of Mosses and the Exodus, Numbers 1:52 Why these banners, standards or flags flying over the camp? Imagine if you will some 600,000 men plus women and children it is not unconceivable to think a total population in the 1.5 to 2 million range. Oh and add animals in the mix and think of the area needed to camp each night.  That would be a city on the scale of modern day Hiroshima, Japan; Brussels, Belgium; or Perth Australia. 

It would be easy to get confused if one wandered to far from home in such a large encampment so these banners were essential. Yet here in v.4 You have set up a banner for those who fear You [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder—a banner to shield them from attack], A banner that may be displayed because of the truth. Selah,  we appear to have a different use of banner. 

A banner, which is a sign or instrument:

1. Of union. This people, who were lately divided and under several banners, thou hast now gathered together and united under one banner; to wit, under my {God’s}  government.

2. Of battle. Thou hast given us an army and power to oppose our enemies. We had our banner to set against theirs.

3. Of triumph. We have not lost our banner but gained theirs, and brought it away in triumph. Compare Ps 20:5.  – Matthew Poole.

o them that fear thee; who have the grace of fear put into their hearts; who fear the Lord and his goodness, and serve him with reverence and godly fear; who worship him both inwardly and outwardly, in spirit and in truth, whether among Jews or Gentiles, though the former may be chiefly intended; such as old Simeon, Anna the prophetess, and others, to whom Christ was made known; and especially the apostles of Christ, and those to whom their ministry became useful; whose business it was to display this banner, set up this ensign, and hold out this flag; as it follows:

that it may be displayed because of the truth; … because of his own truth and faithfulness in the performance of his promises made concerning the displaying of this banner; or the sending of his son into the world, and the preaching of his Gospel in it; seeRomans 15:8 ) . – John Gill 

Here David makes clear God sets His Banner before the households of the faithful. All other banners are insignificant by comparison and fall short of the glory and victory found in God’s Standard.  Today’s question is a simple one whose Banner is flying outside your door? 





“…I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  – Rev 6:9

Martyrs are the oldest sons of blessedness among all the sons of adoption. – Thomas Goodwin

Martyrdom came into the world early; the first man that died, died for religion. – William Jenkyn

The martyrs shook the powers of darkness with the irresistible power of weakness. – John Milton

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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