The King and Esther
“Where is the man
Who’s dared this thing?”
And Esther said,
“Vile Haman, king.”
Naked I Came
Naked I came,
Naked I’ll go,
God gives, God takes,
So praise the Lord.
Satan Answers God
I have gone to
And fro on earth;
I have walked up
And down its girth.
(Job 5:17, Psalm 37:4, 144:15, Proverbs 3:13, 18,
14:21, 16:20, 29:18,2 Thess. 2:10,
James 5:11, 1 Peter 1:8-9, 3:14, Rev. 2:10, 3:11)
In Serving God
In serving God
In serving men
A man is blessed.
As Sparks Fly
As sure as sparks
Fly upward, man
Is born to pain
And strife and strain.
Will You Destroy?
Will you destroy
The one you shaped
And molded like
A lump of clay?
They will tell you,
And learn their ways;
They’ll give you clues.
My Redeemer Lives
I know that my
No man can match
The love He gives.
When you have learned
How to lose hold,
Will be your gold.
He Knows the Way
He knows the way
That I will go;
He’ll test me; I’ll
Come forth as gold.
God’s Holy Words
I have esteemed
God’s holy words
More than the food
That I’ve preferred.
Silver Mines and Gold
Men go and dig
Their silver mines
And find the place
Where gold’s refined.
Agreement with My Eyes
With girls: My eyes
And I agreed
I would not watch
Don’t Let a Bribe
Don’t let a bribe
Turn you aside;
Where God’s concerned,
You cannot hide.
Be careful that
Wealth won’t entice
You; don’t let bribes
Turn you aside.
Who has told God
The way to take,
Or said to him,
“You’ve made mistakes”?
(Job 37:5, 16)
He thunders with
“Do you know how
The clouds hang poised?”
(Job 37:16, 19)
He Hangs the Clouds
He hangs the clouds
In empty space;
We don’t know how
To plead our case.
(Job 38:16, 39:13)
God Questions Job
You give them wings?
Have you gone in
The ocean’s springs?
Who Fathers Rain?
Who fathers rain
And drops of dew?
Does all the earth
Belong to you?
(Job 39:27, 36:23)
Do Eagles Soar?
Do eagles soar
At your command?
Can you prescribe
God’s ways and plans?
(Job 41:1, Genesis 2:7)
Can You Pull in Leviathan?
Can you pull in
Can you take dust
And form a man?
Observe These Laws
Observe these laws
With all your heart
And all your soul−
It’s wise and smart.
1 Then David said, “The LORD God’s house shall be
Here, with the altar of burnt offering
For Israel,” 2 so David ordered men
To gather foreigners who did reside
In Israel, and from among them he
Appointed stonecutters to ready some
Dressed stone to build the house of God, 3 and he
Provided a great deal of iron to
Make nails for doors of gateways and for fittings,
And gave more bronze than anyone could weigh,
4 And he provided countless cedar logs,
For the Sidonians and the Tyrians
Had brought him many logs. 5 then David said,
“My young son Solomon is untried, and
The house that will be built for God should be
Magnificent, with fame and splendor in
The nations’ sight, so I’ll prepare for it.”
So David made extensive preparations
Before his death, 6 then summoned Solomon
His son and charged him to construct a house
That’s for the LORD, the God of Israel.
7 David told Solomon: “My son, I had
It in my heart to build a house that’s for
The Name of God, the LORD my God. 8 But God’s
Word came to me: ‘You’ve shed much blood; you’ve fought
In many wars. You’re not to build a house
That’s for my Name, because you’ve shed much blood
Before me on the earth, 9 But you will have
A son, a man of peace and rest, and I
Will give him rest from enemies all ‘round,
And his name will be Solomon, and I’ll
Grant peace and quiet unto Israel
During his reign, 10 and he’s the one who’ll build
A house that’s for my Name. He’ll be my son,
And I will be his father, and I’ll set
His kingdom’s throne above all Israel
Forever.’ 11 Now, my son, the LORD be with
You, and may you succeed and build the house
That’s for the LORD your God, as he said you
Would. 12 May the LORD give you discretion and
Good understanding when he puts you in
Command above all Israel, so you
May keep the law of God, the LORD your God.
13 Then you’ll succeed if you are careful to
Observe decrees and laws the LORD gave Moses
For Israel. Be strong and be courageous.
Don’t be afraid or get discouraged. 14 With
Great pains I have provided for the temple
Of God a hundred thousand golden talents
A million silver talents, quantities
Of bronze and iron too enormous to
Be weighed, and wood and stone, and you may add
To them. 15 You will have many workers: stone-
Cutters and carpenters and masons, as
Well as those skilled in every kind of work
16 In gold and silver, bronze and iron—all
Innumerable craftsmen. Now begin
The work, and God be with you.” 17 David then
Commanded all the chiefs of Israel
To help his young son Solomon. 18 He said
To them, “Is not the LORD your God with you?
Has he not granted you rest everywhere?
For he has given those who lived within
The land into my hands; the land is subject
Unto the LORD and to his people. 19 Now
Devote your heart and soul to seek the LORD
Your God. Begin to build the sanctuary
That’s for the LORD God, so you may bring
God’s ark of covenant and holy things
Of God into the temple we will frame
And build to give honor to the LORD’s Name.”