9:18, 19 “O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
All the while Daniel is crying out for the people and the city he keeps the perspective that it is all for God’s glory, because of His compassion, not because of “any merits of our own”. This is not just a flattering manipulative move to get what he wants from a reluctant God who must be coaxed into action. Daniel can not ask on the people’s merit, starting at verse 5 he makes that clear. It can only God’s mercy that save the people not justice, we don’t want what we deserve. Our position in reality can only be one of receiving with gratitude and the best for us is for God to get the glory. When God get’s the glory truth is preserved, we see our selves as we are, in the position of receiving grace from our gracious, loving Father.
Lord may we be your city, your people called by your name, with your glory always in view. In my mind first Lord, may you get the credit. Teach me to walk and pray this way, today.
Then for the rest of chapters 9 through 11 the angle Gabriel brings an answer, a dramatic, cryptic accounting of kings raising and falling. Chapter 12 tomorrow is The Time of the End. But for me the key for us all is touched on in verses 24 & 25… The Messiah comes and at the right moment and is Cut Off – FOR US! God’s Got This – and it for His Glory.