The King And I

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Psalm 5:2 – Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. (NIV)

Daniel 4:37 – Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. (NIV)

Recently, my Wednesday evening Bible study group began studying the book of Daniel. During our last session, we discussed the historical events, recorded in chapter four, concerning King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon. Daniel worked as his close advisor in the royal courts.

Interestingly, this passage of Scripture is unique because it contains an autobiographical record and personal testimony relating to Nebuchadnezzar's illness and miraculous recovery. Because of his pride, the king was afflicted with a disease known today as "boanthropy", a disorder in which a human behaves like an animal. However, after the Lord restored his sanity, Nebuchadnezzar gave honour and praise to the "King of heaven". This is a remarkable statement coming from one who had been a worshipper of many gods.

But prior to this announcement, we observed a very different character: a person full of arrogance, resentment, and pride. Still, Daniel remained loyal. He was a respectful and compassionate servant, without compromising his faith in the true King — the God of Israel.

So much can be acquired from Daniel's example, in his communications with palace officials and especially in his relationship to the Lord. Moreover, we can learn from Nebuchadnezzar, a pagan king, who humbled himself before Almighty God.

And now, as we are about celebrate the birth of the King of kings, let us examine our relationship to Him. Is He Lord of our lives? Are we loyal servants? Have we let go of pride? Do we turn to our God and King for help in times of trouble? Does He receive from us all the honour, glory, and praise due His name?

Prayer: Sovereign Lord, during this Christmas season, we humbly acknowledge that You are King of the universe and King of our lives. We thank You for coming into this world to save sinners. May we boast of nothing except the righteousness and power of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Enrich our relationship with His Majesty — the Prince of Peace — while we seek to serve You faithfully with all our hearts. In Messiah's holy name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word Lori!

    Thanks for the good word, Lori.

    Lori, thank you for sharing this informative and uplifting devotional with us. Blessings.

    A fascinating story I did not know.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    It also reminds us that hearts can change and turn to the Lord.

    Thank you again for your devotional. I have just recently reread Daniel and marveled at his skills — both heavenly and earthly. He was a wonderful example to all of us.

    Dear Lori:
    Thank you again for your beautiful words! I have just finished reading Daniel as well so it hit home again how great is our God. Merry Christmas to you and Lou and your family. May God bless you all throughout the new year.

    God Morning Lori,
    Just read your devotional and how it reminds me of who we serve. We live busy lives, continue in serving the what we are serve in our lives, not who we should be serving. I can always count on the Holy Spirit to keep nudging me.
    I want to wish you and Lou the best God has to offer this season of His Son’s birth.

    Dear Lori,
    This is a grand devotional written about great events. Thank you for bringing them to our attention in this manner.
    May God continue to bless you and your Bible Study group.
    We have a wee group that meets around my kitchen table Wednesday evenings.
    Keep writing.

    Lori – Thank you for pointing us to the King of Kings at this precious time of the year. Nebuchadnezzar had his day of reckoning with God and fortunately he turned around and praised God. I continue to enjoy your writing and give you credit for tackling study of the great book of Daniel.

    Thanks for your devotional. The backstory in all of this is obvious, the failed leadership of current leaders in so many areas of the world. Quite a challenge to pray for and support ungodly and narcissistic leadership. I suppose the same applies in our churches as well. Great to realize that God is our true King and that regardless of outcome He has the world in his hands.
    Thanks again.

    Once again, Lori you have given us another informative and interesting Devotional! Thank you for the time and study you do to make your devotionals so meaningful and accurate. God Bless You!

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