“Moses built an alter and named it The Lord My Banner, and he said, The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” Ex. 17:15
After traveling across a hot and sweaty desert totting everything except water and a road map, Israel, the not so happy-campers arrive at Rephidim. To their dismay, accommodations go from bad to worse facing yet a bigger problem, the Amalekites.
“Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim.” 17:8
This is Israel’s first encounter with the enemy after leaving Egypt. Moses tells Joshua, I’m going up the hill with my staff (rod) choose men and get ready to fight… The newly chosen military team commence battle and Israel prevails, as long as Moses keeps his arms high above his head. When his arms fall limp the Amalekites start to win. Tried, from lifting his hands Moses calls for help and Aaron and Hur assist him by holding up his banner of tired hands, giving Israel the victory over their enemy
Ancient armies used banners that served as a mark of identification, like our American flag. It could be seen from afar and it let everyone know the standard of conduct by which the armies ruled. Banners carried more than just identification, they rallied troops for battle and announced given victories. Most importantly, they carried the ideas and inspiration of whoever carried them… Arousing devotion to a nation, a cause, or a leader. When Moses held up the staff in hand he raised it like a banner appealing to God’s power, signifying the true source of their strength.
When we lift up our hands in worship or in prayer we are lifting up a banner of appeal to our God. Asking Him to come among us and do what only He can do. This significant act is so much more than just an attitude of surrender but an invitation. We need to recognize as the body of Christ that our God and father wants to bless us, to equip us, and to strengthen us for battle. Giving Him uninhibited access to our life means everything to Him. He wants to help us and give us victory in every situation, but first we must recognize our great need and invite Him by lifting our hands high appealing to His greatness and power.
Your ways can be unconventional to be sure. I pray only that those things that cause us to question or wonder draw us closer to you not farther away. I ask that you would release your people from fear into faith so that when we lift our banners high the world would see a clear picture of the God we love and serve.
I know in my spirit… This is the day You’ve––been waiting for. May your church lift up a banner of praise and worship with a welcome fit for a King!