“Then King Nebuchadnezzar threw himself down before Daniel and worshiped him, and he commanded his people to offer sacrifices and burn sweet incense before him. The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.” Daniel 2:46-47
Nebuchadnezzar paid a great tribute to the God of Daniel. It is most significant that the king did not even mention his own gods that had failed to produce a suitable revelation, except in the statement that Daniel’s God is “God of gods” that is, Daniel’s God is supreme over any other gods commonly worshiped in a polytheistic system. Although Nebuchadnezzar was short of true faith in Daniel’s God at this point in his life, this was the first step on Nebuchadnezzar’s journey of faith. The evidence that Daniel’s God could reveal a secret and may indeed have been the author of his dream impressed Nebuchadnezzar with the fact that no other god could be greater. At this time, Nebuchadnezzar did what so many do, when shown a manifestation of the Lord. They acknowledge Him, but do not serve Him. In chapter 3 we see that Nebuchadnezzar must not have been that impressed about Daniel’s God, he built an idol to himself.
What the king did and said also announced to everyone in the court that Daniel was superior to the Babylonian advisers who could not describe the dream, let alone explain it. And yet what Daniel and his friends did saved the lives of those men!
This great king was obviously impressed. He wasn’t in the habit of showing such respect to anyone, especially a foreign slave who was about to be executed with the rest of the wise men. Nebuchadnezzar knew that it wasn’t Daniel himself that revealed these things, but Daniel’s God revealed it through Daniel. Daniel wanted the glory to go to God, and it did.