Sunday, September 2, 2018

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #67

Welcome to the 67th Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing!

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.

Today's featured hymn is "Unto the Hills Around Do I Lift Up" written by John Douglas Southerland Campbell, Duke of Argyll (1845-1914)  & composed by Charles Henry Purday (1799-1885).  
Unfortunately no history could be found on this author.  The words are basically taken from Psalm 121:

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore." 
Psalm 121: 1-8

I have included 2 versions of this beautiful hymn (below the lyrics).  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 72 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Unto the Hills Around Do I Lift Up
written by Duke of Argyll (1845-1914) & composed by Charles Henry Purday (1799-1885)

1. Unto the hills around do I lift up My longing eyes, O whence for me shall my salvation come, From whence arise?  From God the Lord doth come my certain aid, From God the Lord who heaven and earth hath made.

2.   He will not suffer that thy foot be moved:  Safe shalt thou be No careless slumber shall His eyelids close, Who keepeth thee.  Behold He sleepeth not, He slumbereth ne'er, Who keepeth Israel in His holy care.

3.   Jehovah is Himself thy keeper true, Thy changeless shade;  Jehovah thy defense on thy right hand Himself hath made.  And thee no sun by day shall ever smite;  No moon shall harm thee in the silent night.

4.   From every evil shall He keep thy soul, From every sin;  Jehovah shall preserve thy going out, Thy coming in.  Above thee watching.  He whom we adore Shall keep thee henceforth, yea, forever more.

A special thanks to "The Christian Hymnal" for sharing this with us!

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