Daniel’s Band: Dare to Stand Alone

At last week’s Bible study, we sang twice an old hymn called Daniel’s Band. I’ll confess the tune wasn’t as catchy as I’d hoped, but the words were powerful and fit nicely with our study of Daniel 3: 

Standing by a purpose true,

Heeding God’s command,

Honour them, the faithful few!

All hail to Daniel’s band!


Refrain:

Dare to be a Daniel,

Dare to stand alone!

Dare to have a purpose firm!

Dare to make it known.

 

Many mighty men are lost,

Daring not to stand,

Who for God had been a host

By joining Daniel’s band.

 

Many giants, great and tall,

Stalking through the land,

Headlong to the earth would fall,

If met by Daniel’s band.

 

Hold the Gospel banner high!

On to vict’ry grand!

Satan and his hosts defy,

And shout for Daniel’s band.

We looked at the three Jews tried before Nebuchadnezzar for failing to bow before the image of gold. Into the furnace they were thrown, and out of it they emerged. There was a real feeling in the meeting that we too are being increasingly asked to bow before the ideologies and values of our age; are we prepared to make a stand, or will we bow down like all the others?

Dare to be a Daniel,

Dare to stand alone!

Dare to have a purpose firm!

Dare to make it known.