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Daniel: Lions, Rulers, and Prayers!

Daniel, favored servant of King Darius the Mede,
First among three presidents, and over one hundred twenty princes he did lead.

A man of excellent spirit, and chosen above many to serve the kingdom,
Those who served beneath him were jealous, and devised a way to take more than his freedom.

The presidents and princes developed a sinister plan,
So devious that it was sure to entangle this beloved man.

They went before King Darius with a plot disguised as a decree,
Knowing he served the Lord, who would one day die for us at Calvary.

Their scheme charged that no man could make petition for thirty days,
Not unto man, or God, knowing very well about Daniel’s faithful ways.

For defying this order would be as a sin,
And that individual would be thrown into the lion’s den.

By the law of the Medes and Persians, this was impossible to break.
The presidents and princes knew the law, but didn’t realize they were making a big mistake.

They watched and they waited for Daniel to pray,
He didn’t disappoint them when he did it in front of the window, three times in a day.

And just like that, their trap had been sprung,
Straight to the king they went as their accusations rung.

Now King Darius quickly realized what had transpired,
The plot against Daniel that the evil men desired.

His heart must’ve felt like it had completely broken,
Over the words against Daniel that were spoken.

The command was issued to cast Daniel into the lion’s den,
King Darius spoke to Daniel with confidence that his God would deliver him from the plot of the evil men.

A stone was placed, ensuring there was no way to leave,
But in times like this., God just wants His children to believe.

The king wept and fasted all through the night,
Then straight to the lion’s den at first light.

He called to Daniel to see if God had delivered him,
Daniel assured the king he was fine, still intact with every limb.

You see, God sent an angel to shut the mouth of every lion,
Even if they wanted to eat him, there would have been no use tryin’.

And just like that, King Darius ordered Daniel out of the lion’s den,
He was soon to be replaced by the corrupt and evil men.

Not only that, their families were thrown in too,
The starving lions soon had plenty on which to chew.

Their bones were broken and the lions did devour,
But most importantly, Daniel was saved by God’s amazing power.

After all that had happened, a new degree was made,
The Living God was exalted, and so was his servant Daniel who prayed.

Let this be a reminder that God has a plan,
Nobody can stop it, neither lion nor man.

Daniel 6:26-27 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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4 comments

  1. Hello Joel,
    Have you ever thought about publishing a book of your Biblical Poems?
    I enjoyed your telling of Daniel in the Lion’s den, and I always feel inspired by God’s grace for His faithful Children in the entire Bible, but this one in particular.
    Daniel’s praying, fasting, and trusting God are the tenets in which we as Christians should emulate. Excellent job!
    God Bless~

    • No plans to publish any poetry books. If I did, it would most likely be some of my other poems. I’ve written a good amount that are allegorical in their biblical messages, but not directly labeled as biblical poems. Thanks for the positive feedback. I think what we see in stories like this is an unchanging God. He is the Creator, and the lions are creations. Daniel was faithful in whatever position God called him to be in, so He took care of business. I believe that’s the same way we need to be faithful.

  2. Powerful message delivered by a powerful God. A favorite but tense story of miraculous intervention by our Lord. Faithfulness is how we should be no matter the situations we face. May the Lord strengthen us to be like this. May we want to please Him as a demonstration of your love towards Him.

    • Glad you liked the poem and its message. I wonder how tense it was to Daniel. There’s no indication that he had the least bit of fear, even when he was praying in the window. Because of his position, he would’ve definitely been aware of the decree. Maybe it wasn’t as terrifying because of some of his previous experiences with the Lord.

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