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Norah Summers November 21, 2016 0 3

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with tambourine and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

This song is very evocative to me of my childhood. As a family we always sang in the car – no radios or CDs or whatever! This was a favourite, especially on a return journey, from holidays with our grandparents in Edinburgh to our home in a remote (in those days!) Highland glen.

My father, a Gaelic speaker, sang us a lot of Gaelic songs. To my everlasting regret we were not brought up to speak Gaelic and I am still trying to remedy this omission. Dad didn’t think much of English versions, but we sang them nevertheless, as my mother had no Gaelic, and they were so commonly sung at soirees and other gatherings.

Happy days !





Loving God, 

Thank you for precious memories of long ago.


Thank you for words enhanced by music.


Thank you for the pleasure of singing,

of joining voices with others,


to make harmony,


to express love and longing,


to share feelings of connectedness

with our families and our communities,

and feelings of pride in our traditions.


Thank you for music –

voices and instruments –

with which to praise you, our God.


Thank you for the music that speaks when words can’t.


Thank you for the music that lingers in the memory 

when almost all else is gone.





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