The Standard

August 11, 2022

The Standard

Isaiah 59:19

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

            Throughout much of the Word, when it talks about a “standard”, it is talking about an ensign, a pole, sign, banner or flag.  It was a representation of someone, some tribe or nation.  Here in America we live under the banner or flag of the United States.  For most of us, even though that flag is just a piece of cloth made up of red, white and blue, it represents to us our nation, our freedom, our heritage and all that it stands for.  We understand the concept that what is represented in an object goes beyond its physical worth or significance.  For the Christian, the Bible represents a standard.  He may well reverence it and treat it with respect, not because it is just another book with written words on pages in a nice cover.  It is the spiritual content and significance of all that those words on those pages imply to us that make that book sacred and holy in our sight.  Spiritually, we raise that standard over our lives.  While we may not fly a flag or banner we bear a testimony and a faith in that which we believe in and put our trust. 

            This scripture in Isaiah goes beyond the scope of physical banners and outward signs. It is like when an enemy attacks our country and assaults its people.  That banner then becomes more than just a symbol; it becomes an action.  Armed troops are sent to respond to the threat and assault on its people.  This scripture is telling us that when the enemy threatens us, the Spirit of the Lord is there to come in like a flood and take action against our enemy.  The Spirit of God is the standard of God in action to put the enemy to flight and to bring us into victory.  This banner, this protection is over those that fear Him and reverence His name as their Lord and King.  We live under the banner of the blood of Jesus.  That blood redeems us, cleanses us, saves us and seals us to the Lord. 

            The first few verses of this chapter explain why the Israelites aren’t experiencing the victory and power that this latter verse promises.  Verses 1-3 tell us, “1BEHOLD, THE Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear.  2But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. 3For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness.”  Our own nation can well relate to this same exhortation.  In many respects we have forsaken the God of our fathers and the founder of our nation.  We find more and more our society wants to deny Him, displace Him and separate itself from Him, while they are so ignorant of the truth that He alone is the reason for our greatness and our world standing.  When we turn from Him we open the floodgate of unrighteousness and sin to fill our nation and further plunge it into darkness.  We, the people of God, are the Lord’s standard.  We have to set the bar of righteousness.  While most of don’t agree with many of the policies and laws this nation has adopted, we, like Jeremiah the prophet, we will have to suffer the consequences with them.  It is the people of God in this nation that through prayer and raising up a standard has held the full judgment of God back.  We know that the Lord is mighty in us to save and we are here for such a time as this.  We must maintain a standard through prayer, vigilance and lives committed to maintaining our righteous heritage.  Beyond that we must know that we are the intercession and conduit of God’s Spirit power to move through.  For our prayer is, that the Spirit of the Lord will come in like a flood and put to flight the enemy lifting up His standard, that is the Spirit of the Lord in action.

          This is God’s promise and word to those of us who fear Him and turn from our transgressions, “20He shall come as a Redeemer to Zion and to those in Jacob (Israel) who turn from transgression, says the Lord. 21As for Me, this is My covenant or league with them, says the Lord: My Spirit, Who is upon you [and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your [true, spiritual] children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever.(Isaiah 59:20-21)



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