Midweek Worship Connection | Episode 9
This week’s episode started with the question: “What’s your story?”
I was reminded of a song called “Christ Is Enough” earlier in the week and wanted to declare it as we look deeper into Nebuchadnezzar’s story, Daniel’s story -and my own!
While Daniel and his three friends constantly looked to God for their provision, strength, wisdom, and so much more, king Nebuchadnezzar looked no further than himself.
“Look at what my hands have done!”
“Look at how amazing I am!”
These were essentially the words of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. He saw himself as great. And the crazy thing was -he was right!
He really was quite amazing. Babylon was truly a great city, unlike any other. King Nebuchadnezzar was a great leader (depending, of course, on how you define the word “great”, but as the world tends to define it, he really was “great”).
So where did he go wrong? He went wrong in failing to realize the source of his greatness.
If there is anything good in your life, or in mine, it is because of God. He deserves the credit, the glory, the majesty. He is the One who is mighty in power.
While it would be easy to point out the many flaws of king Nebuchadnezzar, I would rather point out the fact that the fourth chapter of Daniel was actually written by his own hand! In a way, it is his conversion story. It tells about how he was proud and thought of himself as great, but how the Lord had humbled him in a stunning way and led him to the point of writing this final verse in the fourth chapter:
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” (Daniel 4:37, ESV)
Oh, the matchless grace of God! He is willing even to humble us so that we can turn our eyes from ourselves and fix them firmly on His glory and majesty.
Praise God! (or be humbled by Him…)
The episode ends with a song I wrote called, “Where Is Our God, Now?”