Surrender is the foundation of
and surrender is...worship
Unless the life is bowed to God in utter
forgiving will be a nightmare and a near
The life of Daniel is a wonder and a
Captured as a teenager, taken to a heathen land, and forced
serve, his quiet submission is shocking.
Man of dreams and visions, even visions of God
Open and living scene of the Son!
Rare glimpses into the
Gifted with an "extraordinary spirit." Daniel
Exalted to honor by a succession of kings,
enemies of each other but
friend to Daniel.
To Daniel were entrusted the secrets of history
down to the end of the age.
He is utterly unique in the annals of the
heroes of God.
The secret of his life was not prayer though he
Forgiveness was not his centrality and
is a word mentioned but
once in his story.
Yet forgiveness is constantly evident by his
and respectful service of his enemy.
Forgiveness was a result
of his focus,
not the goal.
Worship was Daniel's life core, the axis of
Under threat of death if he would not worship
the king he served fully with his life's energy,
"he continued kneeling on his knees three
times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing
previously." Daniel 6:10 NAS
Kneeling, bowing and looking to God, this is
Daniel prayed and Daniel gave
but first he knelt in surrender. . .
Prayer is a result, not a beginning. Prayer is
Worship is the first issue.
Prayer is heard without
but prayer is answered in the realm of worship.
Angels rushed to fight heavenly wars for
and they were the highest angels,
those who stood in
the very councils of God.
"Michael, one of the archangels" was sent to
An angel addressed Daniel as "greatly loved of God"
Daniel 10:11, 13 NLT
(It means literally: desirability or
Worship makes you "desirable and precious" to
His worship, his lifestyle of worship
engaged God's heart
with a special favor that made his prayers
caught up in the heavens.
"from the first day. . .your
words were heard"
Daniel's secret, the source of all his
brilliance, the power of
his character, was his daily, constant
Resistance is solved "on your knees."
bowed heart of
surrender and devotion to God.
Wisdom is given to the worshiper.
rises from worship.
Forgiveness flows through worship.
secrets are whispered to
the one who "lives kneeling" . . .
Daniel's amazing reverence for the cruel kings
of his imprisonment, his constant service without compromise of his faith, these
are humanly impossible!
God's own sterling character, His power of
these flow with richness into the spirit of
the one who
who kneels at a daily altar.
We know the story of the lion's den but we have
that the issue at stake was worship.
Daniel valued worship more than his own life. .
Knowing the consequences of the king's edict of death to all who
"petitioned any other god or man" than himself, Daniel didn't waiver from that
which was his habit, his life focus.
With deliberate abandon,
he threw open the
windows of his roof chamber to kneel and pray,
knowing his enemies waited
and watched for just such a defiance.
King Darius had been duped into the decree by
Daniel's enemies but such was his esteem and understanding of Daniel, that he
pronounced this prophecy:
"Your God whom you constantly serve
will Himself deliver
His was a peculiar grief over Daniel, being the
king supposedly offended.
After the cave was sealed shut with Daniel and
the lions inside, the king sealed it with "his own signet ring and the signet rings of his
In an unheard of compassion among
"Then the king went off to his
palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him;
and his sleep fled from him. Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day,
and went in haste to the lions' den." Daniel
No bitterness alienated Daniel from his
No ill will - always smelled by kings - made Daniel an
And no rebellion toward his plight offended the Father
prevented the Holy Spirit from executing
His highest will,
always to preserve His children
from the danger of the world.
more. . .
to vindicate them in the eyes of their enemies.
The one who gives away his life on the knees of
private worship has an immunity and protection, miraculous in nature, full
angelic shields and that one is safe from devouring lions of the
Forgiveness, flowing out of a life devoted to
This is powerful immunity from
the evil of your
whether man, lion or Satan.
Worship of the "Highest One" ... the only
Daniel's focus was on God. Simple and
He was not obsessed with his poor situation
nor his selfish
He was not occupied with the evil of the kings he served.
not embroiled with fighting his deadly enemies.
He set his soul's compass three times a day
the "Most High God"
who ruled on high over all of
And the power to endure, insight into the
the wisdom of eternity,
all were infused into Daniel through
constant stream of adoring worship...
rising three times a day to
High God" initiating and
flowing back into Daniel's being with
Kneeling to God!
A practice Daniel would not
abandon by fear of any
mere political power of earthly insignificance.
certainly not by fear of
his own suffering or death.
Such was his
commitment to worship
through his exquisite experience of it.
He was placed in the strange position of
between his life and his worship.
Daniel could easily choose and readily
for he could not live without worship.
Worship is the source of the power to
a power which must be Divine...
for it is not