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Daniel's Praise

Daniel and his friends find themselves in an impossible situation in Daniel 2. The king has a dream and is demanding that the wise men of the kingdom come up with the dream and interpret it without any help.

No one knows what the king’s dream was about, let alone could they interpret it.

So Daniel and his friends pray because their only hope is for God to come through. But sometime in the night, God revealed the dream to Daniel. Daniel 2:19 says, “During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision.”

It's not clear how God showed Daniel the dream. Maybe, he just showed Daniel a picture in his head. But however it happened, Daniel now knew the dream and its interpretation. That all came from God. Daniel was never going to get that on his own. And in response, Daniel 2:19 says, “ During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.” His response to God doing the impossible is to worship him.

When God accomplishes the impossible for us, we need to worship him. Sometimes we equate worship with singing, but that’s not what worship is. Worship is ascribing worth and honor to someone. It is acknowledging their superior qualities. Daniel praises God in two ways in these next verses. First, he worships God for who he is. In verses 20-22, it says, “Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.”

Daniel is acknowledging who God is. He is all wisdom and power. He is in control. He directs kings and kingdoms. He is all-knowing and all-wise. That is who he is. So as we worship, we want to honor God for who he is.

The next part of worship is found in verse 23, “I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:

You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you,

you have made known to us the dream of the king.” Daniel thanks God for what he has done. Daniel thanked God for revealing the dream and interpretation to him.

What are you most thankful to God right now in your life? Have you told him? Have you gone to him and praised him for what he has given you and the good relationships in your life? When we do that, we are worshipping.

Do you find yourself in an impossible situation right now? Pray and ask God to do the impossible. And when he does, be sure to praise him!

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