And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner…
After the defeat of the Amalekites, which we considered yesterday, Moses commemorated the victory by building an altar. He called the altar, Yahweh Nissi, which means, “The LORD is My Banner.” In the ancient world, armies carried banners made from wood or metal. They were usually fastened to a long staff or pole. The banner was an army’s identifying mark. Banners were used to show where an army could rally, regroup, or return for instructions. Moses held the staff of God up like a banner, asking for God’s power and blessing. He acknowledged God as Israel’s protector, the One to always rally around, and the One to go to for instruction and guidance.
Paul says that our struggles are not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. While Satan is not all-knowing, he is a student of human nature. He is ready to trip us up, to make us fall. He is like a roaring lion ready to devour us. Maybe today you feel like you are about to be devoured. It’s time to run to Yahweh Nissi. He is your rallying point. He will allow you to regroup. He will provide the words of truth. Yahweh Nissi will always be your protector and deliverer.
- Remember, prayer is simply talking to God. Tell him about the battle you are in (temptation, doubt, fear, anxiety). Picture yourself running to him—the rallying place—where you can find the strength you need.
- Our children will face the same temptations we do. Pray today that God will be their Yahweh Nissi. Pray that they will always run to him to regroup and recharge. Ask God to protect and deliver them from anything that would leave them alone and vulnerable.
And…keep regrouping around Yahweh Nissi throughout the day.
 The New American Commentary: Exodus, Douglas Stuart
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