His Banner over Me is Love
Day: 19 | Plan: Covenant
Today’s Reading: Song of Songs 2
Song of Songs 2:4 (NIV) “Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.”
As we continue the passionate poetry of the love story between a smitten man and soon-to-be bride, we see their growing desire to be together in every way.
The woman begins with the statement, “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys” (Song of Songs 2:1). These flowers are not what you and I would think of as a rose or a lily. The actual Hebrew words imply that both are bulb-type plants or common field flowers. Apparently, she thinks she’s rather ordinary. What woman hasn’t felt that way?
But notice how the man begs to differ with the woman’s estimation of herself! He replies, “You’re no ordinary flower at all! As a matter of fact, every other woman looks like a thorn or bramble bush compared to you!” He has given her the gift every woman longs for — the gift of being preferred.
Then she banters back and tells him that if she’s no ordinary flower, then he’s no ordinary tree. He’s a fruit tree among all the other ordinary trees in the forest (other men). He gives nourishment for her soul, and she longs to eat and be filled. His kisses are sweet and his love is shade and security itself.
The two lovers are busy giving each other compliments, which gives me pause. When is the last time you or I complimented our husbands or told them they are desirable? That their love gives us a sense of security and protection? That among all the men in the world, they are the handsomest, wisest, most exciting men alive? We can learn from this enraptured woman. Her words certainly stirred her man’s heart.
“Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love,” the bride sings. (Song of Songs 2:4)
In the Old Testament, a banner was used in the military to indicate possession of a land. (Psalm 20:5; Numbers 1:52) One of the names of God in the Old Testament is Yahweh Nissi, which means: The Lord is my Banner. (Exodus 17:15) In wartimes, a banner planted on a hill was a rallying point for the troops before a battle or an announcement of victory won. (Isaiah 30:17) It was as if the men were saying, “this land is now ours!” Figuratively, the man’s banner flew over the woman to tell the world that she was his! He wants the world to know.
This declaration is followed by the statement: “My beloved is mine, and I am his” (Song of Songs 2:16). What a beautiful picture of the love between one man and one woman for a lifetime. She didn’t say, “My lover is mine and a few other women’s, and I am his and a few other guy’s.” Lasting love is a declaration that I am my husband’s and he is mine. All of me is his. All of him is mine. (1 Corinthians 7:1-5)
How like our heavenly Bridegroom to declare His banner over us is love. He has fought for us, won us and staked His claim on our hearts. No one can snatch us out of His hand. (John 10:28-29)
One day we will be led into His banqueting hall for the feast of all time. “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).
Prayer: Father, thank You for my husband and my marriage. Renew my commitment to love him with my total being. And Jesus, thank You for being my heavenly Bridegroom whose banner over me is love. Thank You for Your protective canopy over me and Your strong arm around me. How I treasure the truth that You desire to see my face and hear my voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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