Nebuchadnezzar’s Praise Song
We expect praise from writers like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Michael W. Smith, or Twila Paris, but what about a former megalomaniac—a ruler who tried to burn anyone who wouldn’t bow down to his image? Talk about a redemptive story and the demonstration of some authentic signs and wonders! Listen to how King Nebuchadnezzar begins our Episode IV that will climax his reign with an unusual royal decree.
“King Nebuchadnezzar, to all peoples, nations, and languages, to all dwelling in all the earth, May you prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the divine signs and wonders that the Most High God has done on my behalf. How great are his signs! How mighty are his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom. His sovereign dominion endures from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:1-3
As a seven-year-old boy, Khrushchev boasted that history was on the side of atheistic communism with the cry, “We will bury you.” It’s the iconic phrase of the Cold War and we responded by beating the Soviets to the moon and with our Star Wars defense, busted their economy. Now there’s saber rattling between the U.S. and North Korea and millions of Koreans have to sweat under the threat of nuclear warheads vaporizing their lives.
Rulers come and go, but from the first time I read Daniel as a kid in New Jersey till now, the living God is still on his throne and humans, no matter how powerful we think we are, don’t get to actually write history’s story. And one of the most intriguing parts of God’s Story is that sometimes he swings a character we would never expect to the good side.
LORD, I pray today for world rulers like Putin, Kim Jong-un, Mahmoud Abbas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Xi-Jinping, and Donald Trump. Move them all to see the deadliness of arrogance and the need to humbly recognize that you are sovereign over history and the One we must all stand before in the end.
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