The king spoke, saying, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling
by my mighty power and for the honour of my majesty?
King Nebuchadnezzar was at the height of his power. He ruled the new Babylonian Empire as an absolute monarch. The glory of Babylon was impressive. The king was looking down over his magnificent capital from the roof of his palace full of self-satisfaction.
Suddenly Nebuchadnezzar heard a voice from heaven: “The kingdom has departed from you”
(v.31). In one moment everything changed for that ruler: his understanding became confused; no-one obeyed him any longer; he was banished from society and had to look for his food out in the open.
Why such a tremendous downfall? Nebuchadnezzar had lived only for himself, for fame and honour without any thought of God. He was unaware that he had received his dominion from
God and that he was responsible to Him for it. He had ignored every warning. So God deprived him of the kingdom and all that he relied on.
This historical occurrence should make us ask: “What am I living for?” All earthly objectives and supports can collapse in next to no time.
King David, the writer of Psalm 16, however, gives us a positive example. He says, “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (v. 8).
David was conscious of his responsibility before God. And he trusted not in his own strength, but in God' s power. If we know and honour the living God, we shall not despair if the circumstances of our life worsen.