The first three verses of Psalm 60 are kind of depressing. David recalls how he felt like God was angry with him and how He had left him and his people to suffer through hard times, but in verse four things start to look up.
Psalm 60:4 (AMP) [But now] You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You [to which they may flee from the bow], a standard displayed because of the truth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
David, who felt abandoned by God now sees a banner. A banner God set up for all of His children to see in the midst of chaos and confusion. That banner let David know He was not alone.
I was a cheerleader from 6th grade until 10th grade. In 7th grade I was on the silver squad and our silver football team was the best 7th grade football team in the state. When we had a big game coming up the cheer squad would get together after school and create a big banner for the team to run through before the game. We had a huge roll of paper, lots of poster paints and paint brushes and whoever had the best bubble writing would paint something encouraging like, “Silver Team Is #1, Beat The Trojans!” on the middle on the banner, and the rest of us would fill in the blank spots with “Go favorite player”, “I heart #13”, doodles of footballs, megaphones and other cute stuff.
What was the point of all of that? Why stay after school and create a banner that the football team was going to destroy in a matter of seconds? Wouldn’t our chants from the sidelines be encouraging enough? Maybe so. But I think there was something beneficial about the whole football team running out toward the same target and busting through it together. It was a great way to rally all of the boys before they started the game and I’m sure it got their middle school egos revved up too. They had to have felt pretty cool tearing through the banner, all the cheerleaders and fans cheering for them and that cool feeling had to have carried over into the way they played.
The banner that God set up for David and his men had the same kind of effect. It gathered the troops together, it got them in the right frame of mind to battle, and it gave them the confidence boost they needed to win!
I love that David placed a “Selah” at the end of verse four. He wanted all who would read that particular Psalm to stop and think calmly about the banner that God has placed in our lives.
Isaiah 11:10 says that Jesus would be a banner for all of the Gentiles who sought after Him. Hebrews 4:16 tells us where we can go to gather around that banner.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
When we are going through trials and tribulations or times when we feel abandoned, we need to huddle around the throne of grace. We need to run with confidence to the throne and fix our eyes on our banner. We need to take time to stop and think calmly about what our banner says about us. “Go Sarah! I love #4485! You win everyday! I am on your side! I am keeping score, refereeing, and playing for you! You are my favorite! Your opponent doesn’t stand a chance!”
Everyday, run to your banner and to stop and listen to what He says about you! It will totally change the way you play the game!
- Jesus is my banner!
- He is for me!
- Because of Him I win everyday!
- We can go with confidence to the throne of grace and receive mercy and grace to help us when we need help.
- When we understand who we are in Christ it changes the way we play the game.
- 7th grade silver! That was a fun year to be a cheerleader!
- Kids woke up with sweet, sun kissed faces this morning… even though the sun didn’t appear to be shining yesterday.
- Gus did great learning “UN” words today. It was fUN.
- Gus is getting easier and easier to do school work with at home.
- Beau enjoyed finger painting while I worked with Gus.
- Round two of swim suits and the water slide.
- Bomb Popsicles! Blue and sticky isn’t so bad when you can rinse it off in the water hose.
- It’s not too hot to be outside yet!
- My children were happy and well behaved at the grocery store this afternoon.
- Fridge and pantry are full!
- Target Red Check Card. 5% off every day!
- Gus spent some more of his birthday money to buy a new ninja turtle mask. Now he and Beau both have their own. Awesome watching them play together.
- Yummy taco mac n cheese for dinner.
- Sweet conversations at the dinner table.
- Beau says “I love you mamma” all the time now without me having to say it first every time.
- Beau’s hair is already getting pretty blonde highlights from the sun.
- My tummy has officially popped out. The kids notice it all the time and are always talking to their new little sibling.
- I remembered to buy ink for my printer!
- David Moore is celebrating his birthday today. One of my favorite worship leaders/songwriters at Gateway.
- Great, Great God by David Moore. Great, great song!
- In bed by 9:50!
- Josh has been turning the thermostat down to 70 at bed time and I have been sleeping extra good.