Daniel had an excellent spirit! This phrase is mentioned twice in the book of Daniel, by the Babylonians no less! Even some of them, when they were being honest, had to admit that there was something excellent about Daniel. It wasn’t his mind they were referring to either. They didn’t say “this is Daniel with a tremendous mind!” They could tell there was something more to Daniel than just an awesome intellect; it was “an excellent spirit!”
Because an excellent spirit and knowledge and insight, and the interpretation of dreams, the declaring of riddles, and the resolving of problems were found in this Daniel… – Daniel 5:12
Then this Daniel distinguished himself among the chief ministers and satraps because in him there was an excellent spirit , and the king considered setting him over the whole kingdom. – Daniel 6:3
Daniel’s primary concern was not for his body or even his soul but for his spirit. He joined himself in spirit to The Spirit which was in the word of God (1 Corinthians 6:17). As God revealed His heart to Daniel, Daniel immediately joined himself to God’s heart’s desire through prayer. When our heart is joined to God’s heart, God can pour Himself into us (Romans 5:5).
This is what it means “to have an excess”. This reminded me of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25. 5 had an excess of oil (The Spirit) in their lamps (spirit) and vessels (soul). This means they had an excess of the Spirit in their spirit that then overflowed into their soul. They got to go into the wedding feast with Christ. The other 5 did not.
“An excellent spirit” also means an exercised spirit. We all know the best exercises and workouts are with partners. They remind us, push us and motivate us. It’s the same with spiritual exercise. Surely Daniel had “an excellent spirit” because he had companions that helped him exercise his spirit.
Would you like an excess of God flowing out of your spirit, through your soul, and into others? Would you like some companions to help you exercise your spirit? Would you like to go into the wedding feast to meet The Bridegroom in that day?