Today’s thought (or, quote) comes from John Owen, in his book Communion with the Triune God, a book well worth owning and digesting slowly. Here it is:
“‘His banner over me was love’ (Song 2:4). The banner is an emblem of safety and protection – a sign of the presence of a host. Persons belonging to an army do encamp under their banner in security. So did the children of Israel in the wilderness’ every tribe kept their camps under their own standard. It is also a token of success and victory (Ps. 20:5). Christ has a banner for his saints; and that is love. All their protection is from his love; and they shall have the protection his love can give them. This safeguards them from hell, death – all their enemies. Whatever presses on them, it must pass through the banner of the love of the Lord Jesus. they have, then, great spiritual safety; which is another ornament or excellency of their communion with him.”
From John Owen, Communion with the Triune God, 141.