The Decree of Darius


Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,

for he is the living God,
enduring forever;
his kingdom shall never be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be to the end.
He delivers and rescues;
he works signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth,
he who has saved Daniel
from the power of the lions.”

So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Daniel 6:25-28 ESV

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, 
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you! Psalm 67:1-5 ESV


In Australia, February 28th is a special day. It’s called National Red Balloon Day, and it’s a day to thank firefighters (in Australia they call them “fireys”) for the heroic and dangerous work they do in saving lives and property. People in Australia fly red balloons from their fences, mailboxes, or in the windows of their business. When everyone sees the red balloons, they remember to be thankful to firefighters for all their good work, and firefighters see the red balloons and feel appreciated and know that their courage hasn’t been forgotten.

After Daniel had been rescued from the lion’s den, King Darius wanted to express his appreciation to the living God who had saved Daniel. He knew that there was no other god in all the world who could have done this amazing thing, and he wanted all the people in his empire, whatever their ethnic or national group or language, to know and tremble with fear before Daniel’s God. Darius said an amazing thing in the decree he sent out to his empire. He might have been a powerful king, but he knew that someday he would die, and that his rule would come to an end. But the rule of the God of Daniel would never come to an end. Darius said, “His kingdom shall never be destroyed.” He knew that there was a God above all gods and kingdoms, and he came to know a little about that God because of Daniel.

The Lord is great and good without our praise and thanks, but when we think of the way he helps us and saves us, we want to give him our thanks and appreciation. He came to us in Jesus and died on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven and we could be his people always. Our praise helps other people to see and know what a wonderful God we have. He wants people from all over the world, no matter what their language or what country they are from, to love and serve him the way we do. We are thankful for the work of missionaries around the world who are helping to make this happen, and we add our praise and thanks to God so that many more will hear the good news and come to know the Lord.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your help and your salvation. Help us to share that good news with others around the world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.