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“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions” (Psalm 20:5).

Today has been designated as a day to give special honor to our country’s flag. Of course, it is not so much the flag itself which deserves honor, but that which it represents. To “honor” the flag is to affirm one’s loyalty to the country. Conversely, to mock or abuse the flag makes a statement about one’s lack of patriotism.

While loyalty to one’s country is proper, since nations and governments are ordained and established by God, the Christian has a dual citizenship and loyalty. His primary allegiance must be to his Lord and Savior. As in our text for the day, “in the name of our God we will set up our banners,” or flags.

As David penned these words, he was in trouble and needed help. But not to worry: “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand” (v.6). David’s allegiance was well placed.

In the day of adversity, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright” (vv.7,8). No help will be truly efficacious except His. “The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble . . . defend thee. . . . Send thee help . . . strengthen thee. . . . Remember all thy offerings . . . accept thy burnt sacrifice. . . . Grant thee according to thine own heart . . . fulfill all thy counsel . . . fulfill all thy petitions” (vv.1–5).

A “banner [flag]” raised in His name deserves our “honor and loyalty [salute].” “The name of the God of Jacob defend thee” (v.1). “Save, LORD: let the King hear us when we call” (v.9). JDM

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