Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. Exodus 17: 15
Yahweh Nissi – The Lord is my banner – was used after the Israelites defeated the Amalekites. During the battle, Moses had gone up a hill and lifted his hands up. As long as his hands were lifted up the Israelites were winning the battle. As soon as his hands dropped they started losing the battle. Aaron and Hur stood on each side of him holding his hands up until the Israelites defeated the Amalekites.
A banner is a flag that armies carried ahead of the army leading the way into a battle. The army follows the banner into battle as a guide to what to do. The banner had the kingdom’s insignia on it identifying which army was going into battle. It was clear to the opposing army who they were up against.
As we face the battles of life we do not go ahead of the Lord. We follow his lead at every turn. He’s our guide leading the way to victory. The moment we start making our own plans and detract from his leading we will fail. Our frail arms fall and we let our defences down allowing the attacks of temptation, discouragement and hopelessness to take hold of us. Although we follow the Lord into the battles of life we still need one another to uphold each other as Aaron and Hur upheld Moses. It doesn’t matter how good a soldier is he cannot win the battle on his own. Samson did beat an army of Philistines, and David beat Goliath, but only by the empowering of the Lord. They allowed Yahweh Nissi to go ahead of them as their banner into battle.
The Lord our banner identifies whose kingdom we belong to. It is clearly written that we belong to the Lord. He’s our identification. Whatever battles we face they aren’t our own, but his. We go into the battles of life in his name, fighting his battles, by his authority. Oh yes, there will be seeming defeats and we let our guard down, but ultimately, we will overcome because the battle is not ours, it is his. We do not fight the battles of life according to the ways of the world with worldly weapons, but with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the helmet of salvation, and our shoes equipped with the gospel of peace. Do not fear what lies ahead because Yahweh Nissi – The Lord my Banner – is with us and goes ahead of us.