Credit Where Credit Is Due
Nebuchadnezzar requires the wise men to tell him his dream and its interpretation.
One of our responsibilities as children of God is to give God credit for who He is and what He does. It is a careless Christian who stands under the showers of God's blessings without recognizing them. It is an irresponsible Christian who recognizes God´s blessings and does not give God the credit. Daniel recognizes God´s work and tells the king that it is God who "reveals deep and secret things" (v. 22). And through this, God is glorified. We must always be alert to the blessings of God in our lives, express our gratitude to Him, and give Him public credit.
Thank the Lord that He has warned us of the consequences of our sin, and praise Him that in Christ we can escape them:
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. . .
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You (Psalm 9:1-2, 9-10).
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression (Psalm 19:12-13).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You (Psalm 39:7).
God encourages us to come to Him with our concerns. As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- Opportunities to glorify Him
- The renewing of your mind
- The needs of your extended family
Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17).
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