What’s up everyone!! Lately, the Lord has been putting on my heart to dig into the names of God. A couple weeks ago, I covered Jehovah Shalom, which is the Lord our peace. This week, I want to lean into the name Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner and victory. This name is increasingly important because trials in life are very serious, and we all need someone to depend on to guide through those trials.
Growing up, I heard this song that went through a few of the names of God. Since then, I haven’t really heard much of these names, especially Jehovah Nissi. It comes from the Old Testament when Moses and the Israelites were in battle. As long as Moses kept his hands up, the Israelites would win, but would lose whenever he put his hands down. Then, in Psalms, David talks about God in this way, “And he delivered me from my enemies, and from those who stand against me, he lifted me up, and you will deliver me from evil men”(Psalms 18:48). These two parts where God shows up as victorious is so key because we need to be assured of that whenever we are going through something. Not only that, but we need to be rest assured even when everything is going good, that God is our victory, and that through Him we are more than conquerors.
One part of that name I didn’t understand was the banner part. As I read, I learned that The Lord is our Banner in that He is the One we can unite under. He is our Savior. We are rescued by Him and identified in Him. He is constantly present, telling us that we are His children, and not just slaves. I have to reference the Aramaic Bible in Plain English. It says that, “And therefore you are not Servants but children, and if children, also the heirs of God by Yeshua The Messiah” (Galatians 4:7). This is so strong to me because it shows that we don’t have to come to God afraid of His response, but rather, we can go boldly to Him as our Father, and know that we can come alongside each other and be seen as children in His eyes. How freeing it is knowing that we have a Father who desires for us to be connected to Him. That we can come under His protection, and His banner of victory.
I believe that when we really grab hold of our victory through Christ, we can show the way to others, we can come under the banner of victory that Christ is to us, and we can overcome any situation because of what Jesus has done for us. We too can turn our tests into testimonies. We too can turn our failures into the greatest stories of how God made us victors and not victims. I encourage us all to read the book of Exodus, and see the victorious hand of God over His people and see how it wrecks your heart. Jehovah Nissi, our banner of victory is always fighting for us, so let’s let His love overtake our struggles.