Let Everyone Worship the God of Daniel
A Sermon on Daniel 6:1-28
Daniel Serves Darius
1It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, to be in charge of the whole kingdom, 2and over them, three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one), so that these satraps would be accountable to them, and that the king would not suffer loss. …
1It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 3Then this …
In this sermon on Daniel 6:1–28 titled “Let Everyone Worship the God of Daniel,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asks the listener if people talk about the Christian’s God like they talked about “the God of Daniel.” This is the only true and living God. What can the Christian do to proclaim their belief and trust in Him? Look at the faithfulness of Daniel in his work and character. He was a worker not marked by error or fault, but rather as being the best, most reliable, and honest of all workers. Listen to the history of other faithful Christians who proclaimed the gospel of Christ through their exceptional work ethic. Does the gospel have such a clear influence on the Christian’s life? It was obvious that Daniel knew the God he worshipped; he had a clear and specific religion that could be defined. Daniel did not even compromise his religion. There was no superficial excitement. Daniel stood on the gospel principles in the face of death itself. A man of character who thanked God, whatever the circumstances. The Christian is encouraged to know the way of salvation, so that they can rely upon God and be ready to suffer anything for Him.
- The story of Daniel provides an example of how to influence pagan people to worship the true God. Daniel's actions led the king and his people to worship the God of Daniel.
- We should ask ourselves if people are talking about and recognizing our God in the way they did about Daniel's God. Are we living in a way that leads people to realize our God is the only true God?
- The situation seemed hopeless for Daniel, as it may seem for us today. But Daniel's actions provide instruction for us.
- Many books and movements aim to teach people how to be successful soul winners and share their faith. But Daniel's example shows a different approach.
- The early Christians and Protestants were able to influence people without special training or techniques. Their impact came from within, spontaneously.
- We need to recapture the biblical method for impacting people, which is shown in Daniel's example.
- The first thing that led to people recognizing Daniel's God was that Daniel excelled in his work. He was faithful, without error or fault. Our spirit and attitude in our work can draw people to recognize our God.
- We tend to think of influencing people through special religious activities outside of work. But we should do it through excelling in our daily work and responsibilities. Stories illustrate this.
- The second thing people noticed about Daniel was that his character and excellence came from his God and religion. His religion was the biggest thing in his life, controlling and determining everything else. When people see that in us, they pay attention.
- It was clear Daniel had a definite, specific religion, not something vague or indefinite. He knew the God he worshiped. Those who influence others to believe in God know exactly what they believe.
- Daniel would not compromise his beliefs. He was willing to suffer and die rather than compromise or deny his God.
- Daniel had an amazing confidence in God. He did not panic or become fearful in the face of threats, but continued as usual, praying and giving thanks to God. His confidence came from knowing God.
- Daniel's calm confidence in God during the crisis made an impression on the king, even before Daniel was delivered. The king said Daniel's God would deliver him.
- We should give thanks to God in times of trouble and testing, not just when things are going well. Daniel gave thanks even when threatened with death. This shows true faith and trust in God.
- Daniel opened his windows toward Jerusalem as he prayed. Though God is not localized, Jerusalem was a symbolic place of God's presence and glory. Daniel expected an answer from God.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.