Nebuchadnezzar’s journey comes full circle in these verses. After enduring a time of great distress, the king was able to see reality much more clearly. By recognizing God’s supreme sovereignty over his life, Nebuchadnezzar could now appreciate his achievements as gifts from the Lord rather than evidence of his equality with the Most High God. Because he yielded to God’s chastening hand, this pagan king (possibly pagan no more) felt compelled to acknowledge Yahweh’s supremacy and sovereignty. For us, abandoning the subtle deceptions of pride can be just as painful. Though God likely will not force us to the ground like animals, He will strip us of any encumbrances that prevent our conscious reliance upon Him. He is more than willing to remove the hindrances that cause us to glory in our personal resumes rather than the praise of our heavenly King. In His providence, God is willing to hurt us in order to help us. Praise readily falling from our lips is a good indicator that we, like Nebuchadnezzar, finally realize how undeserving we are of His good gifts in our lives.
What season or event in your life has led you to praise the Lord more deliberately than before?