At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”
At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble. Daniel 4:34-37 ESV
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar. Psalm 138:1-6 ESV
King George III of England was troubled with mental illness at different times during his reign. He would become agitated and unable to concentrate on his work as king. He talked very quickly, sometimes until he had foam running out of his mouth, but he didn’t always make sense. His vision was blurred and he couldn’t sleep well. Doctors at that time didn’t know what caused it or how to treat it. They did things such as making him bleed or keeping him in an unheated room during the cold of winter. They gave him medicines, and tied him in a chair if he was being difficult. The first time this happened, King George went away to a private palace to be treated. The people were thinking of removing him from being the king and having his son rule instead, but soon the king recovered. King George and his people were happy and thanked God for his recovery. They had services of thanksgiving to God in some of the churches in England when their king came back.
King Nebuchadnezzar also recovered from his mental illness after a time. One day, when he knew he was better, he looked up to the sky and thanked the God of Heaven for his recovery. He returned to his palace in Babylon, and his people accepted him back as their king. God gave Nebuchadnezzar even more power and glory than he had had before. The Lord had judged him for his pride, and the king learned to be humble and to give thanks and glory to the true God for everything that he was and everything that he had.
We all have a terrible problem, sin, that separates us from God and from other people. We can’t help ourselves, but instead we need God’s help to be healed from the sin in our lives. God sent Jesus to be our Savior, and Jesus took all our sins on himself at the cross. He died to take our penalty for sin, and rose again to destroy the power of sin and death. Because of Jesus, we are free from sin and able to love and serve him and other people. We give thanks to God for all the good things he has done for us, and for all the blessings he gives us every day.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for Jesus, our Savior, and for all the good things you give us every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.