Daniel 4:37 – Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
Nebuchadnezzar certainly fell from a great height and he couldn’t have fallen any lower. Verse 33 tells us, ‘He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers and his nails were like bird’s claws’. Not a flattering image at all. He had been so sure of his own greatness and so proud of his accomplishments. He was his own hero and he thought the glory and might belonged to him alone. He discovered that those thoughts couldn’t be further from the truth.
When he retells the story, he says, “I was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace.” One minute he had it all, the next, it was all gone. Why? Because, “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt23:12). Nebuchadnezzar lived 7 years like an animal and at the end of that allotted time he lifted up his eyes to heaven and his reason returned to him. Only then did he fully comprehend the One who held sovereign power over all things:
“For his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand.”
What a testimony. The once arrogant king now lifted up praise and honour to the King of heaven. As promised, the Lord restored not only Nebuchadnezzar’s life but his kingdom also ‘and still more greatness was added.’ God does not hold a grudge and withhold his favour. It is with joy that He pours out his goodness upon those who honour his name.
When things are going well, it can lead us into a false sense of security and we can begin to take our ease within our circumstances, relying less on God and more on ourselves. We forget that all things come from God for he is the source of all blessing. Every material possession will eventually fade away but the kingdom of our God will endure forever.
So, let us praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just.