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TITLE: His Banner Over Me Is Love
By Chris Janzen

This is an article I did for my church newsletter close to Valentine's Day. I wanted the focus to be on real love. Thanks for reading.
As I sat down at my computer and prayerfully considered what to write about this month, I encountered a bit of a writer’s block.

Usually this newsletter easily writes itself under the Lord’s direction. I had to spend more time in prayer and thought this time around, which I am thankful for, because in the process of studying and praying and pondering and reflecting, I believe God gave me the words I was looking for.

As I researched my topic, I felt I was unearthing the wonderful treasures God promises are hidden in His word if we take the time to dig for them. I don’t do it often enough, but I have had more time on my hands recently and I believe God rewarded me for my effort, just as He said He would. (“…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” Hebrews 11:6.)

I knew I wanted to write about love this month, it being around Valentine’s Day and all, but not the Valentine kind of love in particular. I wasn’t sure what kind of love to write about. There are so many.

The Bible is bursting at the seams with passages about love; love for God, love for one another, love for our parents and children, love for our friends, and even love for ourselves.

As I considered all these different forms of love a song from my days in Baptist summer camp kept running through my mind. “I am His and He is mine, His banner over me is Love.” I knew God was trying to tell me something, but what? What does that even mean?

As a kid I loved to sing that song around the campfire, along with all the other favorites, but what does it mean to me now? When I looked up this passage in Song of Solomon, I discovered it was actually a woman singing about the loving security she feels from her husband.

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him.”
Song of Solomon 2:4 (Amplified)

Yes, it is a beautiful picture of love between a wife and her husband, but what a perfect description of God’s love for us!

“…love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him.”

As an oilfield wife, I know the pangs of sadness I feel when my husband leaves to go and work his two weeks away from us, sometimes longer. I miss him, but his love is a comforting banner over me.

How much more so is the love of God for us! Unlike our husbands, parents, children, friends, or anyone else whom we love and who love us, God will never leave us nor forsake us, never for a minute. We are blessed with the comforting banner of his protective love at all times because He is always near.

Whenever there is a separation between God and us, it is not us who has moved! Through all the times that test us and try us, that break our hearts, that bring us to the breaking point; whatever difficulties we face, He is right there with us, covering us with His protective banner to shield us from all that this life and this world hurls at us.

Do you remember this sweet song from VBS and Bible camp? Jesus encouraged us to approach Him with the innocence and love of a little child. There is profound beauty in this simple children’s song about the love of Jesus. May we never be too grown up to appreciate the message.

"The Lord is mine and I am His, His banner over me is love…

He brought me to His banqueting table, His banner over me is love…

He lifted me up into heavenly places, His banner over me is love…

He is the vine and we are the branches, His banner over me is love…

Jesus is the rock of my salvation,
His banner over me is love,
Jesus is the rock of my salvation,
His banner over me is love,
Jesus is the rock of my salvation,
His banner over me is love,

His banner over me is LOVE."
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