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A Meditation on Psalm 32 - Taizé Style

Updated on February 8, 2018
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Bronwen was a teacher for over forty years. Degrees include School Librarianship, Psycholinguistics and Theology, and Applied Linguistics.

Introductory Note

This meditation was first presented by the author at a Lenten interdenominational Taizé style service on the Gold Coast, Queensland. In each section, the first few lines that are in italics are from Psalm 32. The prose section is a brief mediation on those lines and this is followed by a meditation on the same verse in poetic form. It is intended to be read aloud and very slowly as one meditates on the thoughts expressed.

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

How happy and blessed we are when God forgives,

our sins are hidden from sight and are visible no more.

When our sins are forgiven, our souls fly free,

Released from our burdens, blessed are we.


Window by Rolf de la Motte 1983 A beautiful gift to his Uncle Andrew
Window by Rolf de la Motte 1983 A beautiful gift to his Uncle Andrew | Source


Happy are those to whom the Lord

imputes no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

How happy and blessed we are

when our sins are wiped away

And our hearts are cleansed

from all false pretence and duplicity.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

those with no guile,

Human spirit with Holy Spirit,

here for a while.


While I kept silence, my body wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

When I turned from my Father, I was filled with guilt

and unhappiness. My soul was in anguish.

Through sin and silence I cut myself off from Father's love,

Hung my head down, in misery, far from heaven above.

The Wild Sea
The Wild Sea | Source


Then I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not hide my iniquity.

I said, 'I will confess my transgressions

to the Lord,'

and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

We cannot hide our sin, but when we

confess to Father, our guilt is washed away.

Wash me, Lord, the depth of my sin is like the wild sea;

Drown my old nature, Father, that I may be reborn in Thee.

The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd | Source


I will instruct you and teach you

the way you should go,

I will counsel you with my eye

upon you.

When we remove the barrier

we have erected

between us and God,

we are open to His instruction.

He watches over us

like a shepherd,

and keeps us safe.

Cleansed and open

I patiently wait to follow your way

Knowing you are watching over me,

my fears to allay.


Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

When we put complete trust in our Father God,

we can receive His protective and everlasting love

and we can love Him more freely.

When we trust and obey, His love surrounds,

Everlasting, abiding love, which knows no bounds.


Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy.

In the light and warmth of God's surrounding love,

we are glad, we rejoice, we shout for joy!

Now we come close to our Father's heart

And rejoice that nothing can keep us apart,

God's love so great that He gave His Son

Who shed His blood that we may be

Forgiven and loved for all eternity.

Source

© 2012 Bronwen Scott-Branagan

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vidya Mallar: I'm sorry I missed your comments so long ago, but thank you for them now. I guess it's hot where you are, while we're shivering. Interesting world.

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      Vidya Mallar 6 years ago from India

      Absolutely right, Having experience is not enough, we have to apply it in the right place at the right time.. And if those experiences help us to be a support to those who are in need of it that's the greatest thing we can achieve in our life..Good night...May be its day there now.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vidya Mallar: As we grow older we have more experience, but it is whether we apply those experiences and allow ourselves to learn and grow from them that counts. I, too, thank God and the person who told me about hub pages as it is great meeting people from all over the world and sharing with them is such fun.

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      Vidya Mallar 6 years ago from India

      Indeed Blossom, and I say it 4m my heart that you have more experience in life than me. When I get time I will read more hubs of you and reply.....I thank god and especially hub pages thatI got introduced to people like you.... We have a lot more to share here... Have a nice time vth family and 4nds....

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vidya Mallar: I'm so glad. Life often seems to be such a rush that it is difficult to find time to step aside, but we need that peace in our heart so much.

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      Vidya Mallar 6 years ago from India

      very inspiring thoughts...... Your hub brings peace to my heart and soul.......thanks a lot.....

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ruthclark3: How lovely, thank you. A peaceful heart is something to be valued in our busy lives and time to put aside for mediation is difficult to find, but so rewarding.

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      Ruth Clark 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a beautiful hub. My spirit feels so much more peaceful after reading this. Thank you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dave Mathews: I guess that is true, and a good idea. Thank you for your encouraging comments. Blessings.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      BlossomSB: What beautiful thoughts to meditate thru.

      I see no reason why they cannot be used year round and not restricted to Lenten Time.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: What a good, clever idea! One person could read the verses from the psalm, a second one the comments and a third the verses. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: How lovely! Thank you for sharing. When we're preparing for the night it's so good to give God thanks and to rest peacefully in Him.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Michele Travis: Thank you for your beautiful comments and encouragement.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      anndavis25: Thank you for your comments. I agree that we get so caught up with our busyness that we do really need to remind ourselves of God's love for His people and to share that love, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      kashmir56: Thank you. It's so good to pause for a while during Lent and ponder on what it is all about. Thank you for your vote.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sky9106: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Read slowly, it is a meditation. Thank you for your lovely comments.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: Sunday School was great, but actually it was inspired by Taize, a Christian community in France. Thanks for the votes.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      This is a good post to keep handy for the season's celebration with family. Very touching and inspirational poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I was getting ready to retire for the night when i came across your hub. It is beautiful and blessed my spirit..Thank you Dear Blossom..

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      Michele Travis 6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a very beautiful hub. Thank you for this. I hope more people read this, it is lovely.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thank you for this hub of inspiration.

      A comfort to be reminded of His great love. AD

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      A great lent hub that is beautifully written and gives a wonderful much need message at this time in lent.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Beautiful dear lady Blossoms. And that's why my sole belief in all people one God and I thank you for this beautiful rendition.

      Give thanks and praises.

      Bless.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      felt like a trip through Sunday school again for me..LOL no just kidding fantastic, and awesome.. those were my votes of choice :) Frank

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