Ancient of Days
" 'As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.' " (Daniel 7: 9, 10b NIV)
The prophet Daniel's vision of the Ancient of Days introduces God in His role as Chief Justice of the Universe. From His divine bench, with His gavel of justice, wisdom, and holiness in His hand, the Ancient of Days opens the record of every unseen thing, every unrighted wrong, every unsolved crime, for the whole length of time. (Length being represented by "ancient" and time by "days.")
Oh, how we wait for this, don't we? We long for unpunished evil to cower in the face of righteous wrath. We imagine we know what we would do if the power to make things right was in our hands (setting aside, for the moment, our own guilty records).
But because the Ancient of Days is also the Lover of every soul, He alone is able to flawlessly merge justice and grace. He alone is able to make all things right without making anything else wrong.
With eyes of faith, I need to see the Ancient of Days seated on His throne. I need to trust His authority and wisdom. And with only the faintest shadow of an understanding of how honorable He is, I need to bow low and let Him be lifted high.
"Blessing and honor,
Glory and power,
Be unto the Ancient of Days.
From every nation,
All of creation,
Bow before the Ancient of Days.
Every tongue in heaven and earth
Shall declare Your glory.
Every knee shall bow at Your throne in worship
You will be exalted, O God,
And Your kingdom shall not pass away,
O Ancient of Days."
("Ancient of Days," written by: Gary Sadler & Jamie Harvill;