Daniel 2:20-23 gives Daniel’s praise to God after having received the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Daniel and all the wise men of the kingdom were going to be killed if the meaning of the King’s dream was not revealed. Upon receiving the King’s death threat, Daniel went to his believing friends in the palace and asked them to pray concerning this mystery asking God to reveal the meaning of the King’s dream so they might be saved. Here is Daniel’s response after God revealed the dream’s meaning to him in a vision. Daniel answered and said:
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
21 He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my fathers,
I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and might,
and have now made known to me what we asked of you,
for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”
Daniel begins by praising God for who He is- the Sovereign Eternal God of the universe with all things, people and circumstances within His control. He praised God’s knowledge and wisdom and His ability to reveal things to those who love Him. He praised God’s purity, and that in Him there is no darkness. Daniel thanks God for revealing His wisdom to Him and for letting him know what the King’s dream was about, thereby saving him.
Do you know who God is? Do you praise Him for His glorious character and for how He has kept all His promises? Try incorporating praise for who God is into your prayers today. List His attributes so you can think about Him as you pray. The more we love and know God the greater our trust in Him will be.
Today I needed to focus on God and remember to be thankful. I love Psalm 100. Its simple message is timeless and always uplifting.
A Psalm for giving thanks.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Being in the Lord’s presence
Come into his presence with singing! always brings joy to the believer.
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; He is creator God and He
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. cares for me.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise! His name is above all names
Give thanks to him; bless his name! and worthy of our praises.
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever, God is good and He will love
and his faithfulness to all generations. us faithfully forever.
I pray the joy of the Lord will be yours as you worship our creator, caretaker, good, loving, faithful, eternal and Almighty God.
God revealed himself to Abraham as the God Almighty, El Shaddai, in Genesis 17:1-2. “When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” God has always desired a relationship with his creation, man. He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. But after they had eaten of the tree of good and evil, they hid themselves from God because of their nakedness and fear at disobeying the Lord. (Genesis 3:8-10) Due to sin, we were separated from God, but God in his infinite mercy and wisdom had a plan to restore us so we could commune with holy God. This story of redemption began with choosing Abraham and his descendants to lead the way to the coming of Jesus, our Redeemer and Savior. God established a covenant, agreement, with Abraham filled with promises of life, restoration, and future hope. Revealing himself to Abraham as El Shaddai is significant as it begins a revelation that continues throughout the Bible. God shows himself to Abraham, and us, as being a God that is real, personal, a promise-keeper and one who is capable of the impossible. God revealed himself to David in Psalm 91:1-2 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” God is our secure refuge and will provide us a place of rest- now and in the future. Then multiple times God reveals himself as God Almighty in Revelation the book of the Bible that shows us a glimpse of the end of story here on earth. Revelation 11:17 speaks of His eternality and future reign, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.”
Do you know this God Almighty? He is the all-powerful God of the Bible who is above all others, hates sin, loves righteousness, is holy, gives life and blessings to those who know Him, knows each one who believes in Him and knows the future. He is indeed God Almighty, El Shaddai. We can personally know God Almighty by knowing and believing in Jesus and being filled with His Holy Spirit. Then we can walk with Him each day being in communion with Him. He will enable us to walk with Him blameless in a relationship made possible through our faith in Jesus. If you have time today, read 1 John 1 where John describe this relationship with God through Jesus and tells us how to begin this relationship. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Knowing God personally is as life changing for us today as it was for Abraham.
Step out today with God Almighty by your side confident and assured that God Almighty, our all powerful God, is with you. Have a blessed day!
The children of Israel were fresh out of Egypt and had just come through the parted Red Sea. Moses was leading them through the desert towards Mt Sinai in Exodus 15. They had been three days without fresh water and the water they found was bitter. They began grumbling to Moses and accused him of bringing them out into the desert to die. Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a piece of wood and instructed him to throw it into the bitter water. The water miraculously became sweet and they could quench their thirst. The Lord took this opportunity to remind the Israelites of His Covenant with them. “There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, 26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Exodus 15:25-26 God promised to be their healer if they would listen and obey. Later in Deuteronomy Moses reminded the Israelites of God’s promises to them after the 40 years in the wilderness. “14 You shall be blessed above all peoples. 15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. ” Deuteronomy 7:14-15 They were following God’s pathway into a desert and God promised to keep them well. Through obedience they would not suffer diseases they had had while in Egypt nor would the be sick on the journey. I AM your Healer. The Hebrew is Jehovah Rapha- the God who heals.
Where do you need God to be your healer today? Do you have relationships that have fallen apart, are you ill in mind or body, are you lonely or heart broken? God promises to be our healer if we turn to Him in faith. Here are some verses to encourage you today to greater faith in our Healing God.
Psalm 103:2-3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,”
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Let the Lord be your healer today- He alone is the God who Heals.
1 Kings records a sobering charge from King David to his son Solomon. He is giving him wise advice when he is near death. 1 Kings 2 records David’s words, “2 “I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. 3 Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.” His advice was to have courage to stand up for what is right and follow God’s ways. David goes on to say what the promised results of this type of life would be, “4 If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’ David had been chosen by God to lead the people of Israel. He knew first hand what could happen to a leader who refused to follow God. He had been pursued for 14 years by King Saul who knew God had chosen David to be the next king, and God had removed His blessing from him because of his sinful life and poor leadership. David did not want that fate to befall his son, Solomon, and desired that his descendants would reign over Israel for years to come.
David knew that a transformed heart, committed to God would produce results. The results in this case would be a descendant continuing to be king. What about us? What are the results of our transformed and committed heart to God? Do you see God’s blessings on your life for following Him, reading and studying the Bible, going to worship and fellow-shipping with fellow believers? God promises results for committing our lives to Him and following Him faithfully. Take a look at your life today and take note of the many blessings that are the results of godly living and commitment to Jesus. Then take time to Thank Jesus for those results.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for touching my life and transforming my heart. I long to serve you and have the fruit of the Holy Spirit be evident in my life. Your results are eternal and show your great goodness and mercy towards me. Thank you, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Longing to produce godly results in my heart for Him,