(You may listen to a recent recording of this song here.)
Although I'm not like the prophet Daniel With vast knowledge and wisdom and power, I praise the Lord every day of my life for making me Just the way I am. Just the way I am, just the way I am, The Lord made me just the way I am. Just the way I am, just the way I am, The Lord made me just the way I am. No, I'm not like the prophet Daniel; My abilities are nothing like his. But I thank the Lord every day of my life for making me Just the way I am. Just the way I am, just the way I am, God uses me just the way I am. Just the way I am, just the way I am, God uses me just the way I am.
About This Song:
Because the Bible study class I’m in has been in Revelation for a year or more, I’ve recently read through Revelation at home three or four times. After considering what Daniel prophesied about end times I turned my attention to the book of Daniel. The day after I started I ran into these verses from Daniel 2: 20-23a
May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. 21 He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals the deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. 23 I offer thanks and praise to You, God of my fathers, because You have given me wisdom and power.
Something in those verses suggested a song for me to write, but it took a while (days, maybe weeks) to catch on that the Daniel passage could effectively be linked to Psalm 139 without actually attempting to set either passage to music as such.
Last week I talked about the fact that we all have different abilities, but that each one is necessary for use in God’s Kingdom. I think this newest song of mine reflects that same idea, but in a different way.
God has created each of us intentionally. He didn’t mass produce us. Each of us is unique. So although I don’t have Daniel’s abilities, I’ll bet I have some that he didn’t have. And God has a use for each of them. A use that’s just as important in its own way as Daniel’s abilities.
So I’m not going to be jealous of other people’s abilities any more than I am of Daniel’s. We’re all important in God’s eyes, and we’re all useful to God if we allow Him to use us.
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