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Daily Reflections – Higher Things

Monday of the Second-Last Week

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Today’s Reading: Daniel 7:9-14

Daily Lectionary: Jeremiah 37:1-21; Matthew 27:33-56

And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:14)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. These words from Daniel show the might and glory of the Son of Man enthroned with the Ancient of Days. He possesses infinite power, and is able to shatter worlds with a word, worthy of obedience and awe from all creatures in all of creation.

Yet in the midst of this mightiness, the Son reveals Himself also in the mundane. The all-creating Word was conceived of the Virgin. The Lord of life tasted human death. The ruler of an everlasting dominion of saints redeemed throughout all the world’s days cares about each of us individually. As He reigns in glory, hearing the songs of heaven, He also visits us in Word and Sacrament, rejoicing even in our poorest singing.

He wields world-crushing power, yet “a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench (Isaiah 42:3).” His everlasting rule isn’t just what He does, it’s who He is. In His mind, the everlasting dominion isn’t complete until you are part of it. He willingly walks away from ninety-nine safely pastured sheep in order to find the one that remains lost and alone.

Speaking of numbered hairs and fallen sparrows, He speaks as a King who values every one of His subjects and wants the best for each. He rules in power not to terrify His people but to subdue their enemies. You are precious in His sight, the apple of His eye. You are necessary for the completion of His kingdom and the fulfillment of His reign. And all that He has and all that He is are devoted to making you His, to dwell in safety and joy into life everlasting. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Walter Snyder

O worship the King, all-glorious above. O gratefully sing His pow’r and His love; Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

Frail children of dust and feeble as frail, In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail. Thy mercies, how tender, how firm to the end, Our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend! (O Worship the King, LSB 804:1,5)