Daniel 6* The malice of Daniel's enemies. (1-5) His constancy in prayer.(6-10) He is cast into the lion's den. (11-17) His miraculouspreservation. (18-24) The decree of Darius. (25-28)1-5 We notice to the glory of God, that though Daniel was nowvery old, yet he was able for business, and had continuedfaithful to his religion. It is for the glory of God, when thosewho profess religion, conduct themselves so that their mostwatchful enemies may find no occasion for blaming them, saveonly in the matters of their God, in which they walk accordingto their consciences. 6-10 To forbid prayer for thirty days, is, for so long, to robGod of all the tribute he has from man, and to rob man of allthe comfort he has in God. Does not every man's heart directhim, when in want or distress, to call upon God? We could notlive a day without God; and can men live thirty days withoutprayer? Yet it is to be feared that those who, without anydecree forbidding them, present no hearty, serious petitions toGod for more than thirty days together, are far more numerousthan those who serve him continually, with humble, thankfulhearts. Persecuting laws are always made on false pretences; butit does not become Christians to make bitter complaints, or toindulge in revilings. It is good to have hours for prayer.Daniel prayed openly and avowedly; and though a man of vastbusiness, he did not think that would excuse him from dailyexercises of devotion. How inexcusable are those who have butlittle to do in the world, yet will not do thus much for theirsouls! In trying times we must take heed, lest, under pretenceof discretion, we are guilty of cowardice in the cause of God.All who throw away their souls, as those certainly do that livewithout prayer, even if it be to save their lives, at the endwill be found to be fools. Nor did Daniel only pray, and notgive thanks, cutting off some part of the service to make thetime of danger shorter; but he performed the whole. In a word,the duty of prayer is founded upon the sufficiency of God as analmighty Creator and Redeemer, and upon our wants as sinfulcreatures. To Christ we must turn our eyes. Thither let theChristian look, thither let him pray, in this land of hiscaptivity. 11-17 It is no new thing for what is done faithfully, inconscience toward God, to be misrepresented as done obstinately,and in contempt of the civil powers. Through want of duethought, we often do that which afterwards, like Darius, we seecause a thousand times to wish undone again. Daniel, thatvenerable man, is brought as the vilest of malefactors, and isthrown into the den of lions, to be devoured, only forworshipping his God. No doubt the placing the stone was orderedby the providence of God, that the miracle of Daniel'sdeliverance might appear more plain; and the king sealed it withhis own signet, probably lest Daniel's enemies should kill him.Let us commit our lives and souls unto God, in well-doing. Wecannot place full confidence even in men whom we faithfullyserve; but believers may, in all cases, be sure of the Divinefavour and consolation. 18-24 The best way to have a good night, is to keep a goodconscience. We are sure of what the king doubted, that theservants of the living God have a Master well able to protectthem. See the power of God over the fiercest creatures, andbelieve his power to restrain the roaring lion that goeth aboutcontinually seeking to devour. Daniel was kept perfectly safe,because he believed in his God. Those who boldly and cheerfullytrust in God to protect them in the way of duty, shall alwaysfind him a present help. Thus the righteous is delivered out oftrouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. The short triumphof the wicked will end in their ruin. 25-28 If we live in the fear of God, and walk according to thatrule, peace shall be upon us. The kingdom, the power, and theglory, for ever, are the Lord's; but many are employed in makingknown his wonderful works to others, who themselves remainstrangers to his saving grace. May we be doers, as well asbelievers of his word, least at the last we should be found tohave deceived ourselves.
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