AUGUST 29 - Meditation: Daniel 4:31-37

DAY 29 - D431L

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Today's Meditation: Daniel 4:31-37

"While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, 'O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; the kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will.' The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown as eagle feathers, and his nails like birds' claws. And at the end of the days, I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored Him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation: and all of the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?
At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honor and brightness returned unto me; and my counselors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 
Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase."
Daniel 4:31-37
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Ladder Rung: D431L
and L are the first and last letters of Daniel.
Selection of words to aid in memory:
Detoxifying Leadership.
King Nebuchadnezzar was detoxified of pride and laid low in just a moment.
When the moment, called seven years was over, he came out a new man.
4:31 is our reference.
At 4:00 PM we'll rehears our passage x3.
With 1 other individual we'll make ourselves vulnerable and share an arena of pride that needs some little help.
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"Detox is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body."
The process is simultaneously cleansing and difficult,
Purifying and petrifying,
Solidifying and Sanctifying ... holy good in its end.
Detoxification occurs in all of God's children and is called "sanctification" in the Christian's dictionary.
None are immune to it; pride is a non-discriminant host that feeds off of all mortals incessantly and with an inexhaustible appetite. It especially attaches itself to hybrids of success and independance.
Pride is catastrophic to the human soul and wipes out glory to God, love for God, and want of God. It never has enough and never surrenders itself without some little detoxifying necessity;
Which is the word of the Lord and of His Holy Spirit.
Do not be disheartened by it, but rather, rejoice in God's work, at work, within you.
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Nebuchadnezzar may be one in a million in the arena of power which God had catapulted him too, but the ratio of a million in a million is shared in the arena of pride.
Nebuchadnezzar, unlike the Pharoah, relented and repented of his pride and, after an appointment of seven years, readily and steadily gave glory to God and ascribed Him all that was due ... and God blessed him and restored him his earthly position, and then some.
But Nebuchadnezzar wasn't the same man after being "led out to grass" seven years;
Not at all.
Nebuchadnezzar speaks to a "changed and detoxified" life; one which was dramatically altered by a holy God who placed him in the crucible of humility, and shook him soundly until the dregs of pride had been finally consumed.
Hmmm ...
He does the same with the "lesser" of mortals called "you and me."
Through the process called sanctification, God detoxifies the soul of external stimuli which robs it of holiness and conformity to Christ, and He, in one form or another, leads us out to grass seven years and allows us to experience the "lean" side of our needy selves.
It's a buggerishly humbling experience but it's a notably exceptional one, where God is glorified and we see ourselves and Him as we truly are.
And we are not the same ...
After that.
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If you read this and your thoughts wander to the lives of others ... be certain that pride has a stronger hold of you than you might like to admit.
Release yourself to the detoxifying agent of God's word and allow His Spirit to do His holy clean-up work in you.
When the cleansing is over, the praise that escapes you, may sound vaguely familiar:
Now "I" praise, and extol, and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase."
God be praised.
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Thou, O Lord, art worthy of all men's glory, 
Detoxify Thy servant with Thy Spirit and grace in simultaneous measure.
Pity and show mercy to all that see themselves as the creatures we are apart from Thy holy sanctifying work increasingly at work within.
Pardon Thy servant of attempts to receive glory for self or accept glory for self where Thou hast ordained it.
There is nothing that man "attains" for himself but that Thy hand has procured it and determined it for Thy glory ... in the end.
Forgive of pride and all it leads to in our fickle, frail lives.
Lead us to the cleansing tide of repentance,
Renew us in the precious blood of Thy Son,
Restore us to live lives that point to Thy glory.
Let this day be one of glorifying "Thy" name;
And one of experiencing a detoxifying cleansing of self.
In Thy great and holy name,
And with love of Thee request is made.
Amen.