At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. Daniel 4:34-36
This pagan king lifted his eyes to heaven and gave glory to God. And God was pleased and gave him back his kingdom. God was pleased because Nebuchadnezzar showed two qualities He longs to see in His people: faith and humility.
God loves humility (1 Peter 5:5). And the essence of humility is to recognize that God is God and that we are only creatures. Nebuchadnezzar recognized that God has the right to do whatever He wants with whom He wants and when He wants it. And that “none can stay His hand or say to Him, “What have you done?” He let God be God and submitted to His authority.
God loves faith (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is essential to please Him. Nebuchadnezzar knew who was God. He proclaimed that God is God and that He is eternal. He believed in God and gave Him the glory that is His. He recognized that God is King and that we are nothing before Him.
He blessed the Most High and he received His favor. Nebuchadnezzar had something I want and need to have: a heart that trusted God and surrendered totally to Him.