Welcome back! I hope you had a great weekend! We did because I got to buy stuff. That's always fun!
So, here we go. I hope that you are finding this to be a nice little stop for some study time. I hope that it has been a place that refreshes you and isn't too "heavy" or time consuming. Let me know what y'all think!
Okay, still in Chapter 9.
We started this chapter with the first four verses. Daniel's prayer was our topic and we looked at what he did in time of crises. He went to the Lord!
Now, we'll look a little bit further in. Read the prayer that Daniel prayed when he understood how long they were to be in captivity. It's 9:4-19. It's worth the time it takes to read it.
I want us to look at the very end at verse 18, "We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy."
Daniel knew to whom he prayed. He knew that the God whose righteousness they had disobeyed had led them into captivity would bring them out with His arm of mercy. He knew that it was for God's Name and His Name alone that they would be delivered.
He also knew that God would deliver them just as He did Daniel's ancestors from Egypt because the bore His Name.
We too bear the Name of God. He will deliver us from all that holds us captive, not because we make great requests or because we are righteous. We know darn well we are not righteous!
But, because of His great mercy.
His great mercy sent His son to die for my sin.
His great mercy holds back the hand of judgement upon nations.
His great mercy lifts your face and kisses the kiss of eternal life over you.
His great mercy calls you by name and causes you to walk with your head held high.
His great mercy gives you purpose.
His great mercy puts worship on your lips.
His great mercy will be the arms that wrap around us when we see Him face to face.
And there, we will fall on our knees and bow the Name above all Names.
It it by His great mercy we are saved.
May His Name be The Name on our lips.
Praise you Jesus. We praise you.