The Day of Delight and Joy

Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him. 47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.49 Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court. – Daniel 2:46-49

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Ferns & moss grow on a tree trunk at Henry Leu Gardens | Orlando, FL | January 2018

We visited TheCross in Mount Dora, Florida recently. This cutting edge, unapologetically-attractional church describes themselves as a “Family of faith-filled BIG thinking followers of Jesus Christ. They have reached all kinds of people and done some notorious things. The pastor there, Zach Zehnder offered to pay for anyone in the church to get a tattoo of the church’s logo. Dozens took him up on the offer. He is in the world record book for the longest speech ever given: some 50 hours in which he went through the entire Bible in one session.

It was quite an experience attending their service which was held just for us who were attending a conference in nearby Orlando. There was energy. There was praise. There were moments of solemn honesty when we were reminded that we are “poor miserable sinners.” There was joy at the Good News of Jesus’ blood forgiving our sins. And there was applause. Lots of clapping, applause, and excorde  expressions of praise to God.

Some of the applause was for the staff and people of the church who came to welcome us and the 120 conference attendees. Some was for the pastor himself. But it was clear that all the praise was really for God.

Daniel stood in that place of praise and honor, but behind and above Daniel was the “God of gods and Lord of kings.” King Nebuchadnezzar recognized and honored Daniel, and well he should. Daniel delivered the goods and interpreted the king’s dream. But he also recognized it was Daniel’s God who really had all the power.

They say that behind every successful man stands a faithful and supportive woman. I might add words like gracious and loving to that descriptor of supportive people. More important, however, is the truth that behind every man or woman – successful, powerful, influential, or not – stands the God of gods, and Lord of kings. We will all one day acknowledge him. We will all one day confess that Jesus is Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to the glory of God the Father.

May that day be a day of delight and joy to you, Dear Reader!

1 comment
  1. This kind joy is SO hard to contain … words so hard to find ands expressions so hard to make that I find … knees …
    Yes … I find at times I’m on my knees, astounded, amazed and in deepest silent awe …
    GRACE does such incredible things in the hearts, souls, minds and lives of God’s people!
    What a great experience you’ve had and what a wonderful connection to Daniel!

    Thank you for sharing it with us, the “Dear Readers! ” : )

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