God’s Name – Jehovah Nissi

My Lord, my God, My Jehovah Nissi
The Master who stands guard over me
He is my protector and fights on my behalf.
He leads me by still waters using His staff.
I lay down in peaceful meadows of lush green.
He directs my paths to avoid trouble foreseen.

Excerpt from my poem, The Names of God
The names of God
Jehovah Nissi
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Biblical History

Jehovah Nissi translates to “The Lord is my Banner.” The reference comes from Exodus as the children of Israel wandered through the desert. During that time, they encountered many hostile territories which sent out armies to fight them. The Israelites had no organized militia since most of the people were former herders. Their success came from God in the form of a pillar of fire, and a cloud of smoke which traveled with them and protected them day and night. God was their banner of protection.

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In Exodus 17, we find the Israelites preparing for battle against the Amalekites. As the battle rages, Joshua looks up to see Moses with hands raised on a nearby hilltop. As Moses tires, he lowers his arms, and the Amalekites begin to win the fight. Aaron and Hur found a stone for Moses to sit upon as they held up his arms. Eventually, the Israelites prevail. Moses built an altar and named it Nissi as a memorial to the event.


Let’s look at what a banner is, so we all have the same understanding:

The noun banner often refers to a long sign that is announcing or advertising something. A banner might declare “Congratulations!” “Free Hot Dogs Here!” or, at a protest, “We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore!” Banners have also gone virtual; it’s hard to avoid seeing at least one annoying advertising banner across the top of any highly-trafficked website. A banner can also be a flag, as in “The Star Spangled Banner,” or a championship banner hanging in a school gym.


Banners help us celebrate events, such as a championship. Or they can be used to help us commemorate things like holidays.

Meaning for us today

Identifying God as our banner reminds us to celebrate Him and to remember all the great things He has done for us. His flag over us tells the world that we belong to Him. And like a badge shows who we work for, we are recognized as God representatives in our communities. These emblems of God also help attract others to come and join us as we celebrate our mighty Savior.

Psalm 46:1 ” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

But wait, there’s more. God’s banner also offers us His protection during our lifetimes. Just as God protected the Israel people from the Amalekites army, He offers us the same defense from evil. An ancient translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek uses the term “kurios kataphugê mou” – the Lord is my refuge as another way to explain Jehovah Nissi. As we battle throughout our lives, looking up to see God’s insignia over us provides us with a feeling of hopefulness. He is our refuge and our strength.

Verses to Help

We may no longer have a pillar of fire to guide and protect us. Instead, we have the sword of the Bible to help deflect the arrows of our enemies. Here are some verses to help us recall our Jehovah Nissi:

The name Jehovah Nissi shows us how the Lord is our banner. His banner identifies us as belonging to God. The same pennant allows us to celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave. And, finally, we are offered protection when we are under His banner. The name Nissi provides us another powerful insight into the true nature of our Lord.

Join us next week as we look at the name Jehovah Rapha

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. karentfriday

    Powerful! So thankful the Lord is my banner and protects me from evil! I remember singing a song with hand motions as a kid, “His banner over me is love.”

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks Karen. I had forgotten about that song but fits in with this name so well. I always appreciate your comments. God bless

  2. Jessica Brodie

    Amen to this! I LOVE that the sword of God is with me because I am His!

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks Jessica. I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement. God bless.

  3. Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, what an inspiring post! My heart was overflowing as I read through this. I have often wondered at this reference and I appreciate how you dug deeply to uncover all the beautiful and powerful nuances behind the phrase “The Lord is our Banner”. Jehovah Nissi. I have recently finished reading this part of the Old Testament and saw how the Lord defeated each of the Israelites’ enemies. But reminded me even now, they were herders and Egyptian slaves. Only God could bring them forth as a formidable army. He can do the same as we face the enemy of our souls today. Not by power, not by strength but by His Spirit!

    1. Yvonne

      His names are inspirational as we dig to find all the ways He has prepared everything for us in this life and the next. I had also never thought of the Israel army as a band of ragtag soldiers. He makes all of us mighty warriors for Him. God bless

  4. Ava Pennington

    Love this series on the names of God! (Might be a bit biased, since I wrote a one-year devotional on the names of God! 😉 )

    1. Yvonne

      Wow, how cool. Was it published? I would love to check it out.

  5. Emily Saxe | To Unearth

    I never thought about this Name of God before! I love the concept that He goes before us as our banner, that He is our victory, and in Him should our allegiance lie!

    1. Yvonne

      Amen Emily. God bless

  6. authordlv

    Hi Yvonne. Praise God for being our banner. I think of our Bible study at work. Our banner, though we don’t openly advertise, is clearly across our door and in the minds of many co-workers. And though there are some who have commented that we should not be studying the Bible at work, God has protected our meeting times and we have been meeting for over 11 years. Amazing protection. Thank you for always sharing and explaining God’s truth.

    1. Yvonne

      How wonderful that the banner of God has allowed your study to continue for so many years. What a blessing. I will pray for God to continue His protection and may many people hear of His saving grace. God bless.

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