"BUT IF NOT, BE IT KNOWN..." 
DANIEL 3:18 
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BUT IF NOT, GOD'S SERVANTS SAID, 
BE IT KNOWN TO THEE, O KING, 
WE WOULD RATHER SOON BE DEAD, 
THAN BOW BEFORE THIS WICKED THING. 
 
JEHOVAH GOD IS TRUE AND JUST, 
AND DELIVER US HE CAN: 
BUT IF A GREATER GOOD HE SEES, 
WE'LL SUFFER FOR HIS PLAN. 
 
ALL WE HAVE FROM HIM THUS FAR 
IS MORE THAN WE DESERVE. 
WE'LL THEN SEEK TO PAY OUR DEBT, 
IF IT MEANS WITH SKIN AND NERVE. 
 
SIN BRINGS DEATH, SO DEATH WILL COME 
TO THIS OLD FLESH AND BONE; 
WHETHER BY FIRE, SWORD, OR JUST 
THAT OLD AND WEAK WE'VE GROWN. 
 
SO BE IT KNOWN TO THEE, O WORLD, 
AND TO THEE OLD SELF; 
TO THEE O FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, 
WHO'VE PUT GOD ON THE SHELF. 
 
GOD'S NOT HERE TO SCRATCH YOUR BACK, 
THOUGH HE MAY SOME TIME; 
BUT WHEN HE CHOOSES NOT TO, 
DON'T CHARGE HIM WITH A CRIME. 
 
I'LL NOT LET MY SKIN AND BONE 
BECOME TO ME A GOD; 
AND TELL GOD HE MUST SERVE IT, 
OR THE DEVIL'S PATH I'LL TROD. 
 
IT'S CLEAR TO ME WHAT'S RIGHT AND WRONG; 
I KNOW THAT GOD IS GOD. 
HE HAS THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT'S BEST, 
EVEN THOUGH I DON'T APPLAUD. 
 
HE LOVES ME AS I LOVE MY SON, 
SO I KNOW IT HURTS HIS HEART 
TO SEE ME SUFFER IN THIS WORLD 
WHERE SIN IS SUCH A PART. 
 
SOMEDAY I'LL UNDERSTAND IT; 
BUT THERE'S NO NEED RIGHT NOW. 
HIS WISDOM'S WORTHY OF MY TRUST, 
HIS WILL IS WORTH MY BOW. 
 
HE'S NEVER TOLD ME WRONG TO DO. 
HE'S NEVER LED ASTRAY. 
HIS WAYS ARE JUST AND PERFECT, 
SO IT'S RIGHT THAT I OBEY. 
 
HIS LAWS ARE PURE AND HOLY. 
HIS GRACE TO ALL HE'LL GIVE. 
HIS MIRACLE OF LIFE WE SEE, 
FOR BY IT WE ALL LIVE. 
 
SO BE IT KNOWN FROM THIS DAY ON 
MY GOD WILL RESCUE ME; 
BUT IF NOT, OLD LIFE ON EARTH, 
I'LL NOT BOW FOR THEE. 
 
MARK BULLEN  4-26-92