466.The Man in Blue – Jah is my Keeper

King of Kings, hallelujah; Lord of Lords, hallelujah;
King of Kings, hallelujah; Lord of Lords, hallelujah

In the beginning was the word; And the word was with Jah; And the word was Jah
In the beginning Jah created the Heaven and the Earth
He then created man of his own likeness and image
He gave unto man wisdom, knowledge and understanding

Jah is my health and my strength, So who shall I fear
He’s a shield upon my right and my left hand, So whom shall I be afraid [of]
Jah is my Keeper

Jah is my light and my salvation, So whom shall I fear
He’s my guide throughout this creation, So whom shall I be afraid [of]
Jah is my keeper

Jah is my guide in my resting and my rising, So whom shall I fear
He’s my guide when I step out and forward in, So who shall I be afraid [of]
Jah is my keeper

Jah is my guide when Philistines come down upon me, So whom shall I fear
He’s my guide when my enemies come before I, So who shall I be afraid [of]
Jah is my keeper

Jah is my guide from the pestilence of darkness, So who shall I fear
He’s my from the vampires of Hell, So who shall I be afraid [of]
Jah is my keeper, Jah is my keeper

Jah is my health and my strength, So who shall I fear
He’s a shield upon my right and my left hand, So who shall I be afraid [of]
Jah is my keeper

This is ‘Creation’, a hymn sung by Peter Tosh, Jamaican and Rastafarian. For me he is the number 1 Reggae singer, and the above text, based on the Bible and Christian hymns, truly moves me.

In column 463 I referred to this text. This is a meditation, this is thinking about the qualities of God. Jah, Jahweh, Yahweh or Jehovah is our keeper, Har, Rám or Vahiguru looks after us, Allah gives us strength.

When I started reading the Guru Granth Sahib I was confused by references to stories I did not know, and ways of saying things that I was not familiar with. If you are not familiar with Biblical English this text will equally be unfamiliar to you. But I think that what Peter Tosh sings here is in tune with the Guru Granth Sahib, is part of the True Word.