prayer and the place of the attributes of Righteousness with God and of
“confusion of face” with us – personally and nationally.
AIM: That we
might be aware of the constant need of the mercy and forgiveness which
He alone can provide and that we might fervently pray for our nation.
INTR: The case
of Daniel’s prayer is unique in that the life of Daniel is exemplary
while his prayer is filled with submission and confession.
was praying for something that had been promised
2. The facts of his
life and their value to us all (rehearse the earlier events).
Refusal to eat the King’s meat
b. The stand taken by his companions
c. The prophecy against Nebuchadnezzar
d. The Lions’ Den
willingness of Daniel to identify with his people rather than to claim
exemption from them and their sins and that perhaps with the recognition
of his own sinful nature.
4. The message here is of the promise of
the deliverance to Israel. An application may be made for us
individually, as a community and as a nation of rebels against God.
THESIS: The mercy of God can never
be understood apart from the knowing what belongs to God and what
belongs to us.
I. Righteousness belongs to the Lord our God (v.
1. It is who and what God is – His essence – and it is manifested
in all He does.
1) It is a characteristic attribute that He is Holy
and that none other possesses that apart from Him
2) It is His to
give as He wills
2. He is in every way perfect and that perfection is
manifested in Jesus Christ our Lord.
3. He is absolute holy and no
unrighteousness can be charged in regard to any act of God.
Statements are heard such as “If God did that He would be unjust…” The
later discovery that He has done this or that leaves one without excuse.
2) Another question is “how could God do or allow thus and so..?”
Consider: Psalms 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within
me, bless his holy name. AND Psalms 89:14 Justice and judgment are the
habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
II. Confusion of face (shame) belongs to us (vv 7b-8)
shame that appears on our face when we feel our guilt and lack of hope.
2. Consider: Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways,
and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your
own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. AND Isaiah
45:16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they
shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
3. Let us
make application to ourselves and note: Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye
then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those
things is death.
4. This may be applied to our government and us in
the Kings, Princes, and Fathers.
5. Confusion describes the
countenance in every place:
1) Toward our situation –“what shall we
2) Before God to whom we must give an accounting.
6. It is
the state of facing our sins without explanation or rationale and of see
ourselves in the light of is holiness and under the justice of God.