Karen Peck Talks About The Southern Gospel Music Classic "Four Days Late"




Karen Peck and New River have recorded many Southern Gospel songs but one, “Four Days Late” has become a Southern Gospel Music Classic. The song was written by Aaron Wilburn and was recorded on their “A Taste of Grace” album released in 2000. “Four Days Late” was the Southern Gospel Music Song of the Year in 2000 and was also nominated for a Dove Award.

When I asked Karen if she gets tired of singing “Four Days Karen Peck and New River who made Four Days Late a Southern Gospel Music Classic. Late” she smiled and said, “Where the anointing of the Lord is nothing grows old and that song never grows old. That song has a powerful anointing on it. I’ll be singing that song 100 years from now”. She laughs, “I will sing that song until the day the Lord calls me home.”

Karen continues, “Four Days Late speaks life to people. There is not a person on the face of the earth that cannot relate to that song. We all have felt that God was late in our life and we prayed and said ‘Lord where are You?’ and we can all give an account and say when it was all said and done the Lord never left – He was always there – that His timing is the best timing of all.”

When I asked Karen Peck if she knew the song was special the first time she heard it she smiled and replied, “I didn’t have any idea the first time that I heard it. It was actually Aaron Wilburn, who wrote the song, he was sitting on a stool in Meridian, Mississippi and was playing an acoustic guitar and singing Four Days Late. Oh, I instantly fell in love with the song and when he came off stage I said, ‘Aaron, you have just sung about me’. He said ‘well you need to record it’. Well of course three months later we recorded the song.

“When we got in the studio the producer, Phil Johnson, said ‘Karen this has a lot of verses so he told the piano player we needed a quick intro. When the piano player played the first row – immediately when I went, ‘ The news came to Jesus…’ I felt such an anointing of God. There was such an anointing in the studio even while the tracks were playing that even the drummer said ‘Boy this is a powerful song’. That’s when I knew. That’s when I knew the power of this song. I literally saw that in revelations where it talks about ‘Whatever doors God opens, no man can shut’. I literally have seen God’s plan unfold with the song.”

“Four Days Late” is one of the classic Southern Gospel songs that will be sung for years to come. The melody and message make this a great song to be sung at all occasions. It still moves people to tears seven years after it’s release.


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Lyrics to "Four Days Late"


Written by Aaron Wilburn

Performed by Karen Peck and New River

The news came to Jesus, Please come fast Lazarus is sick and without your help he will not last Mary and Martha watched their brother die They waited for Jesus, He did not come And they wondered why.

The death watch was over, Buried four days Somebody said He'll soon be here, the Lord's on His way Martha ran to Him and then she cried Lord if you had been here You could have healed him He'd still be alive

But You're four days late And all hope is gone Lord we don't understand why you've waited so long But His way is God's way Not yours or mine When He's four days late He's still on time

Jesus said Martha show me the grave, But she said Lord You don't understand He's been there four days The grave stone was rolled back, Then Jesus cried Lazarus come forth then somebody said He's alive, He's alive

But You're four days late And all hope is gone Lord we don't understand why you've waited so long But His way is God's way Not yours or mine When He's four days late He's still on time

You may be fighting a battle of fear You've cried to the Lord I need You now But he has not appeared. Friend don't be discouraged Cause He's still the same He'll soon be here He'll roll back the stone And He'll call out your name

But You're four days late And all hope is gone Lord we don't understand why you've waited so long But His way is God's way Not yours or mine When He's four days late He's still on time



Link to a great video of Karen Peck singing "Four Days".

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