Words & Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838-1876

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Daniel 1:8

Doubt sees the obstacles--Faith sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night--Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take a step--Faith soars on high.
Doubt questions,"Who believes?"--Faith answers,"I."
Author Unknown

The book of Daniel is really a textbook of instruction and an example of how God's people can live in difficult conditions and come through victoriously for His glory. Even as the Jewish people were living in Babylonian captivity, so Christians today are pilgrims and sojourners in a foreign culture. We, like Daniel and his friends, just exercise our implicit faith in God's purposes and leading for our lives. We too must resolve in advance that we will not be defiled by the world. And whether our God delivers us or not from the fiery furnace, we will choose to remain faithful to Him (Daniel 3:17 & 18).

Daniel and the three Hebrew children also personify for us Christian courage at its best--not merely a desperate type of courage for some emergency situation, but a quiet, steadfast courage that enables us to live in a Christ-like manner each day. It takes courage to be an unpopular minority when truth and right are involved. It takes courage to defend God's name when everyone else is using it in blasphemy. It takes courage to be a Daniel in a godless society.

This is another of the fine Sunday School songs by Philip P. Bliss, one of the truly important contributors to both early gospel hymnody and the rise of the Sunday School movement. Bliss, like many other Christian leaders, realized the unusual potential of teaching our youth spiritual truths through appropriate songs.

Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding Godís command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Danielís band!

Many mighty men are lost
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Danielís band.

Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall,
If met by Danielís band.

Hold the Gospel banner high!
On to victíry grand!
Satan and his hosts defy,
And shout for Danielís band.

Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

*For Today*: Daniel 6:7, 10, 16, 22, & 23; Psalm 27:14; Ephesians 6:11

God is still seeking people who by faith will dare to prove His greatness and will represent Him courageously--regardless of the circumstances.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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