Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that will never be destroyed.
This text is part of Daniel’s vision. A human being descends from the heavens and is presented to the Ancient of Days. This person receives dominion and glory and kingship. All the peoples, nations and languages are his witnesses and should serve him. His dominion is everlasting, and his kingship will never be destroyed. In other words, He is king of kings and Lord of lords and He shall reign forever and ever.”
The commentator on this hymn wrote: If we truly believe that God cares for all people, we cannot limit our prayers and songs for peace to the welfare of our own nation no matter how much we love it. This hymn is most appropriate for these days in which we are living as not only our nation, but the world suffers as a result of infection by the coronavirus or COVID-19. Our prayers should not be solely petitioning for ourselves but interceding for others.
Lord of the nations, we pray for all people afflicted by the coronavirus, sidelined from employment and grieving losses. Give them courage, strength and hope for the living of these days. Shield the First Responders and all medical personnel as they show compassion to those who are hurting and as they encounter health risks themselves. Speed the needed supplies and equipment to the sites where resources are depleted. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.