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Saturday, September 23, 2006

For such a time as this

Esther 4:14 - "For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

When Joseph was in Egypt sold,
His brothers evil meant.
But God meant good to bring to pass
For such a time as this.

In Persia when an orphaned girl
Rose to become their queen;
None knew what God was working out
For such a time as this.

Esther lifted to a throne, and
Delivering Jews from death;
She was God's means that He ordained
For such a time as this.

The Sovereign Lord is in control
All things obey His will;
What we recoil from just might be
For such a time as this.

Rest on, dear one, in His firm hand,
God's providence is sure.
Though we see not what He has planned
For such a time as this.

Chorus:
For such a time as this,
For such a time as this,
Who knoweth whether this has come
For such a time as this.

© September 10, 2006


I worked on this awhile, believing there was a good thought in there somewhere, but it seemed that it just didn't break out and live. Any suggestions?

4 comments:

Jim1927 said...

I don't mean to be critical at all, but the 3rd line of each stanza cause me to pause mid way for some reason...I get stuck on what is being said...The first stanza seemed ok, but others halted there for me.

Cheers,

Jim

R. L. Vaughn said...

Don't mind being critical, that is what I'm asking for. I just had this verse and God's providence on my mind and felt to try to illustrate it. Perhaps that the last line of each stanza is "arbitary" doesn't help, and that it is lacking in the "expected" rhyme. But beyond that, I'm not sure it really communicates.

amity said...

I like it. Write another stanza on Joseph, please.

R. L. Vaughn said...

I have written more verses, which would be inserted into the original as noted below.

1. All things together work for good,
To them that love the Lord.
A purpose known, or yet unknown
For such a time as this.

2. When Joseph was in Egypt sold,
His brothers evil meant.
But God meant good to bring to pass
For such a time as this.

3. Falsely accused, imprisoned he,
Seemed by God forgotten.
From dungeon to the palace rose
For such a time as this.

4. To Egypt down a people went
A famine for to flee;
Where hated Joseph was approved
For such a time as this.

5. Then incubated in a land
Where Joseph was forgot.
A nation came when Moses rose
For such a time as this.

6. In Persia when an orphaned girl
Rose to become their queen;
None knew what God was working out
For such a time as this.

7. Esther lifted to a throne, and
Delivering Jews from death;
She was God's means that He ordained
For such a time as this.

8. The Sovereign Lord is in control
All things obey His will;
What we recoil from just might be
For such a time as this.

9. Rest on, dear one, in His firm hand,
God's providence is sure.
Though we see not what He has planned
For such a time as this.

Chorus:
For such a time as this,
For such a time as this,
Who knoweth whether this has come
For such a time as this.

There are several lines that still need improvement, IMO.