Daniel 2:23 Index
"'I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.'"
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"I thank thee, and praise thee..."

  • Faith Builder #2 of 6: There are situations in the life of Daniel which give us indications of how he built his faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith you cannot please God".... In the trial of his faith, Daniel used two of the greatest resources in the Christian life: prayer and praise. When crises arise, as they do in everyone's life, go to the Lord in prayer. As one writer said, "Prayer is the key in the hand of faith that unlocks heaven's storehouse".... "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Daniel and his friends had not seen the dream of Nebuchadnezzar had, yet they believed God would answer their prayers. In faith they petitioned heaven to reveal the dream. So often God answers our prayers and we do not think, or take the time, to praise Him for His goodness.... The hour was urgent. Men had already died. But Daniel took time to thank the Lord for answering his prayer. Praise is the highest form of expression and keeps us from becoming self -centered. It expresses our faith in the Almighty. (KC 34)
  • Daniel immediately offered up praise to God for His gracious dealing with them, and while his prayer is not preserved, his responsive thanksgiving is fully recorded. God is honored by our praise to Him for the things He has done for us, as well as by our petitions to Him for Help. Let Daniel's course be our example in this respect. Let no mercy from the hand of God fail of its due return to thanksgiving and praise. In the days of Christ's ministry on earth, did He not cleanse ten leapers, and only one returned to give Him thanks? "But where," asks Christ sorrowfully, "are the nine?" (Luke 17:17). (US 34-35)
  • Daniel had the utmost confidence in what had been shown him. He did not first go to the king to see if what had been revealed to him was indeed the king's dream, but he immediately praised God for having answered his prayer. (US 35)
  • The song of praise which rose from the lips of Daniel when the vision came, shows how self-forgetful he was, and how close his heart was knit to the heart of God. (SNH 35)

"...what we desired of thee:"

  • Although the dream has been revealed to Daniel, he does not take all the credit to himself, but includes his companions who prayed with him. (4BC 770)
  • Although the matter was revealed to Daniel, he did not take honor to himself as though it were by his prayers alone that the answer had been obtained; but he immediately associated his companions with him, and acknowledged it to be as much an answer to their prayers as it was to his own. It was, said he, "what we desired of Thee," and Thou hast made it "known unto us." (US 35)