Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dare To Be A Daniel

We are now preparing for the upcoming Easter camp 2014.

Our Homemakers have chosen a theme:  Dare to be a Daniel!

As I was meditating on the life of Daniel, and the situation in which Daniel was in when he was exiled to Babylon, I can picture scenes of Daniel by the River of Babylon.

As a young boy, in his teens, Daniel was taken to Babylon.  He was faithful to God  through the 4 different kings: Nebuchudnezzar, Balshazzar, Darius and Cyrus.

Daniel's faith and testimony was so great that all these 4 reigning kings (Babylon, Medes, Persia) came to recognize that Daniel's God is the God of all gods and Lord of kings (Dan 2:47).  They all came to recognize this One True God that Darius made a decree that all royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for "He is the living God enduring forever." (Dan 6:26)

Our mission too is to make known to the world "this Living God who endures forever".

Daniel was an old man, in his late 80s, under Cyrus reign where he lived to see his dream and vision coming true for the Jews to return to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity in Babylon.

I can envision in my mind Daniel's heart in Babylon in those 70 long years where he prayed and longed for Yahweh's people to return Zion.

Psalm 137

By the waters of Babylon,
    there we sat down and wept,
    when we remembered Zion.
 On the willows there
    we hung up our lyres.
For there our captors
    required of us songs,
and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Yahweh's song
    in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    let my right hand forget its skill!
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy!

Today, our situation is the same.

Singing Yahweh's Song carries Daniel through his 70 humble years of faithful service to God.  

Let Daniel's example inspire us to steadfastly trust in God to fulfill God's mission on this earth.

How shall we sing Yahweh's Song in a foreign land?

Feel free to give your feedback and comments :)

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