(1 Chronicles 18:12-13, Psalm 60:4-6, Song of Solomon 2:4, 2:16, 7:10, 6:3)
Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic! (1 Chronicles 22:13)
More easily said than done sometimes, right?
Strength, courage, fearlessness, and enthusiasm can be tough to muster when difficult circumstances threaten to sweep us away like a king tide, when with evaporated confidence we wonder, “Lord, do You see me? Are You there?”
On the advice of a friend, I bought CDs of scriptural lullabies for my grandchildren for Christmas. But before Christmas arrived, my grandson was hospitalized with pneumonia. I spent most of the 72 miles back and forth, back and forth from my house to the hospital listening to his CD, and I fell in love with it. Every lullaby cemented Scriptures of hope and comfort into my worried soul, but one rose to the top and pressed continuous replay in my head and heart. The familiar words to this song from my childhood washed over me in a fresh way: I am my Beloved’s and He is mine, His banner over me is love.
The lyrics from that tune come straight from the Song of Solomon, but King David also writes about the Lord’s banner over him. It’s this banner of strength, courage, fearlessness, and enthusiasm that paints a picture and draws me in.
We pick up the story in between battles – the Edomites are defeated in the Valley of Salt. The final outcome of the war is still uncertain, but the Lord is giving David victory after victory, one after another.
Maybe most warrior kings wouldn’t take time out to put pen to paper, but David does, and it’s so much more than your average diary entry. Psalm 60 is meant to be soaked up and savored, shared and sung.
I love how it begins:
For the choir director . . .
Breathe deeply and tune your heart to the music, the imagery, and the truth of Psalm 60:
You have unfurled a banner for those who revere You,
a signal to gather in safety out of the enemy’s reach.
See with David the Lord unfurling a banner above your head to rally beneath and stand below in safety.
Pause here with David in the interlude to drink in the truth, digest the hope, and absorb the promise.
Save with Your right hand and answer us,
so that Your beloved may be delivered.
Hear with David the Lord’s desire to deliver you because you are His beloved, treasured one.
When the winds of today whip at your hair and threaten to shred your cloak, see the banner of the Lord unfurled above your head.
Beneath His banner you are strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic.
You are His beloved and He is yours. His banner over you is love.
and be refreshed.
See you next week.