Thursday, February 19, 2009

Banner of Love

"I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me is Love." Song of Solomon 2:3-4

The Bride so pleased His heart because she took time to sit under His shadow. As a believer, she surrendered to His shadow and willingly placed herself under it. What was there about His shadow which brought her great delight? She experienced His blessed abiding shelter protecting her (Ps. 91:1) and being hidden in His hand (Isa. 49:2)

Our Bridegroom loves to do special, unexpected things for us. He first protects and nurtures us under His shadow. That is the intimate and one on one side of our relationship with Him. Now in public, He wants all creation and universe to know His heart concerning the Love of His life. What does He do? He prepares a glorious banquet!

Do you realize how important you are to the Lord? But for you dear Bride of His heart, a glorious banquet awaits. (Rev. 19:1-9) He wants to display you to all! A banquet implies that there are others present. O how He loves for us to be with others who deeply love Him.

The doors open to the great banqueting hall. There is a hushed silence. Then the Archangels blow the heavenly trumpets announcing the arrival of His Majesty. The Beloveds countenance is filled with joy as He escorts His beautiful Bride to the platform where there are two thrones. He politely pulls out one of them from the head table and bids her to sit. Once she is seated, He unfurls a banner, holding it over her for all to see. It says, "This is my Love! My one and only Love!"

The whole banqueting house breaks out in thunderous applause. The bride turns, looks at the banner, see the nail scarred hands holding it. Filled tears of thankfulness, her eyes meet His. With each gaze an eternity of love flows between them! O what spiritual wine! Who can fathom its taste? The bride will have an eternity to drink from the length, breadth, depth and height of it!

Banner of Love
The Depot Women's Ministry
February 17th, 2009

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