29 March 2011Daniel 2:20-23
"Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are his." (v. 20)
The story so far (in Daniel
2) ... King Nebuchadnezzzar has been having troubled dreams. He
asks for somebody to interpret them, but also to tell him what the
dream was in the first place. When his advisers say that this is
too difficult and that they need to know the dream first, the King
accuses them of trying to buy time. Nebuchadnezzzar flies into a
rage and commands that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed,
which includes the prophet Daniel.
Thankfully Daniel is a man of God and is filled with God's wisdom. He speaks tactfully to Arioch (the royal official whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon (Daniel 2:24)) and is given time to retell and interpret the dream. With God's help, Daniel is able to solve the mystery. It is in response to this salvation that Daniel sings the song of praise we read today.
Praise is an essential part of expressing faith. It goes beyond thanksgiving and into an expression of joy in what has been done on our behalf. When children are praised they become 'bigger' and 'brighter', and so do those praising them. Praise is an expression of an honest relationship which strives to build one another up in love.
Praise is one of the ways in which we express love. How can we praise those we encounter without patronising them?
The Lord's Prayer includes praise. How much do you include praise in your daily prayer?
Praise is a two way process. How easy or difficult do you find it to allow God to build you up when you are praising? Why?