When the book of Daniel was mentioned to me a few years ago, the first thing that popped into my head was Daniel and the lions den, although I would always put myself in the shoes of Daniel and want to be a hero like he was, relying on my own strength.
But as the years went on, I saw that the focus of Daniel and the lions den was not predominantly about how strong and faithful Daniel was, but how strong and faithful Jesus Christ is.
Through Daniel’s trial and through the threat of death if we weren’t to bow down, we see a picture of what it looks like to follow Jesus even when tough situations arise.
In the new song, “Christ be Magnified” we sing the lyrics:
I won’t bow to idols
I’ll stand strong and worship you
and if it puts me in the fire,
I’ll rejoice cos your there too
These lyrics remind us of the joy we can have in hard situations knowing that our God has the final victory over our situations and over all our circumstances and that he is with us through the good and the bad.
We also see through Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Mesach and Abendego that they were faithful and trusted in God – in Daniel 3:18 (NIV):
But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up
We can see that these men have ultimate trust in God’s character.
In the song Yet not I but through Christ in me we sing:
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace
These are truths that reflect the beautiful and faithful character of God and sing of the confidence we have in His faithfulness.
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed
As we sing these songs, let us reflect on the character of God; His faithfulness even when we are unfaithful and let us be encouraged that through it all, we can trust in the mighty and saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
These new songs can be found on our Spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7orgseIBqodaocbkuWZX0a?si=p6v19WUDSNy-GxnXh9Hffg