Day Three – Positioned in His Name

Daniel 9:17-19 NIV
17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

“We see that Daniel does not seek a specific solution. Daniel is out of answers, but he knows that the Lord is the only One who can act on behalf of his people. Note the relational language throughout this passage – ‘our God’, ‘your servant’, ‘your desolate sanctuary’, ‘your Name’, ‘your people’, etc. Daniel positions himself as the Lord’s servant within the people of God who carry God’s Name. This anticipates the full reality of how the Lord would dwell with his people – ultimately fulfilled through the name above all names, Jesus Christ, who builds his Temple through the church, by the Holy Spirit who dwells in and among us.” [adapted from P. Nate’s message]

Prayer: Lord, we present our lives before you today for the sake of your Name. Let your mercy pour through your church, your dwelling place. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship the Lord with “Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness)“ by Shane & Shane (click here).

– LB