D`eanamaid u`rnaigh!

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 PSALM 121

Mo shùile togam suas a chum nam beann
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“The Psalmist, to encourage true believers confidently to trust in the aid of God, and to teach them to betake themselves to his protection, first, affirms that, to whatever quarter we turn our eyes it is impossible to find salvation anywhere else; and, in the second place, extols in lofty terms the fatherly care of God in defending his faithful ones”. J Calvin

A Song of Degrees


1 Mo shùile togam suas a chum
nam beann, o’n tig mo neart.

2 O’n Dia rinn talamh agus nèamh,
tha m’fhiurtachd uile teachd.

3 Cha leig do d’ chois air chòir air bith
gu’n sleamhnuich i gu bràth ;

Tàmh-neul cha tig sin air an neach
‘s fear-coimhid ort a ghnàth.

4 Feuch, air fear-coimhid Israeil,
codal cha-n aom no suain :

5 ‘S e Dia t’fhear-coimhid; ‘se do sgàil
air do làimh dheis gu buan.

6 A’ ghrian cha bhuail i thu ‘s an là,
no ghealach fòs ‘san oidhch’.

7 Ni Dia do choimhead o gach olc ;
ni t’anam dhìon a chaoidh.

8 Do dhol a mach, ‘s do theachd a steach,
coimhididh Dia a ghnàth;

O’n aimsir so a nis a t’ann,
‘s o sin a mach gu bràth.

Psalm 121
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education

 

 

The openning of the Scottish Parliament on the BBC; what encouraged most about the ceremony was that, even though it was an avowedly secular proceeding, the opening item was the singing of Psalm 121 in the Gaidhlig, sung traditionally with praecentor, in the tongue of Columba and Aidan. Perhaps many did not understand, but God’s Word was sung over the new parliament, for it is woven into the foundations of the nation, and cannot be so easily expunged;

 

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