God not only saved Daniel from the lions, but even used the event to glorify His name (vv. 25-28).

Scripture: Daniel 6:17-28

ESV Text: Daniel 6:17-28

Daniel 6:17-28 (Listen)

17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.

19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” 23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.

25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. 26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,

for he is the living God,
enduring forever;
his kingdom shall never be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues;
he works signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth,
he who has saved Daniel
from the power of the lions.”

28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 6
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

     18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

     25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 25:
I Will Sing my Maker’s Praises

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. I will sing my Maker’s praises 
And in Him most joyful be, 
For in all things I see traces 
Of His tender love to me. 
Nothing else than love could move Him 
With such sweet and tender care 
Evermore to raise and bear 
All who try to serve and love Him. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

2. Yea, so dear did He esteem me 
That His Son He loved so well 
He hath given to redeem me 
From the quenchless flames of hell. 
O Thou Spring of boundless blessing, 
How could e’er my feeble mind 
Of Thy depth the bottom find 
Though my efforts were unceasing? 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

3. All that for my soul is needful 
He with loving care provides, 
Nor of that is He unheedful 
Which my body needs besides. 
When my strength cannot avail me, 
When my powers can do no more, 
Doth my God His strength outpour; 
In my need He doth not fail me. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

4. When I sleep, He still is near me, 
O’er me rests His guardian eye; 
And new gifts and blessings cheer me 
When the morning streaks the sky. 
Were it not for God’s protection, 
Had His countenance not been 
Here my guide, I had not seen 
E’er the end of my affliction. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

5. As a father never turneth 
Wholly from a wayward child, 
For the prodigal still yearneth, 
Longing to be reconciled, 
So my many sins and errors 
Find a tender, pardoning God, 
Chastening frailty with His rod, 
Not in vengeance, with His terrors. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

6. Since, then, neither change nor coldness 
In my Father’s love can be, 
Lo! I lift my hands with boldness, 
As Thy child I come to Thee. 
Grant me grace, O God, I pray Thee, 
That I may with all my might, 
All my lifetime, day and night, 
Love and trust Thee and obey Thee 
And, when this brief life is o’er, 
Praise and love Thee evermore. 


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