A Peace Within

Daniel was of royal race, and, what is far better, he was of royal character. He is depicted on the pages of Scriptural history as one of the greatest and most faultless of men. How grand and impressive his first appearance as a young man, when he was introduced to Nebuchadnezzar! The Chaldeans and magicians, and astrologers had all failed to discover the secret which perplexed the king, and troubled his spirit—till at length there stood up before him this young prince of the house of Judah to tell his dream and the interpretation! No wonder that the excellent spirit which shone in him led to his being made a great man, procured for him rich gifts, and led to his promotion among the governor of Babylon. In later days he showed his dauntless courage when he interpreted the memorable dream of Nebuchadnezzar, in which the king’s pride was threatened with a terrible judgment; it needed that Daniel should be a lion-like man to say to the king, “You, O king, shall be driven from among men, and eat grass as oxen, and your body shall be wet with the dew of Heaven, till your hairs are grown like eagles’ feathers, and your nails like birds’ claws.” Yet what he told him came true, for all this came upon the king, Nebuchadnezzar! Daniel discharged his duty to his conscience, so there was nothing to disquiet him. Well might he have said—

“I feel within me
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.”

In ghastly light, in terrible grandeur, Daniel comes forth again, on the last night of Belshazzar’s reign, when the power of Babylon was broken forever. Persians had dried up the river, and were already at the palace doors. “You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting,” said the Prophet, as he pointed to the mysterious handwriting on the wall. After this he appears again, and this time in a personal dilemma of his own; great as he was in the palace, and great in the midst of that night’s carousel, he appears, if possible, greater, because the faith that animates him shines more radiantly when he is upon his knees! The princes have conspired against him; they have, by fraud, perverted the king’s mind so that he has passed an edict. Though Daniel knows that it is contrary to the law of the realm for him to pray or ask a petition of any god or man save of King Darius, yet he does pray and give thanks before his God. He believes in the higher sovereignty of the King of kings, and to the edicts of His Everlasting Kingdom he yields fearless and unqualified obedience!

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