A Meditation on Psalm 32 - Taizé Style
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.
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.
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.
I will instruct you and teach you
the way you should go,
I will counsel you with my eye
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.
The Bible and Christianity
- Bible Storytelling by The Backyard Bards at CMS Summer Under the Son
At the Church Missionary Society's Summer Conference we heard Bible storytelling by a group called The Backyard Bards. It was dramatic, passionate and mind-blowing. We heard Bible passages as we had never heard them before and will never forget them.
- Forgiveness and Spiritual Health
The article defines, looks at and compares forgiveness in the Old Testament and the New Testament. When we do wrong we must ask for and accept God's forgiveness, forgive those who wrong us and forgive ourselves if we are to attain spiritual health.
- Communication in a Changing World
Distance communication began in prehistoric times and some of these methods have continued almost until present times. Communication developed slowly over the centuries, but more recently, perhaps beginning with the printing press and escalating.
- How Can We Keep Sundays Holy?
The Fourth Commandment tells us to take a day of rest, but we rarely seem to find time to do this. Rest is as important for our spiritual and physical well-being as rests are in music as they contribute to the harmony.
- Billy Graham's Australian Crusades 1959
1959 heralded a change in the life of our family, but that year also brought the Billy Graham Crusade to Australia for the first time. It was the catalyst for change for many Australians as they made a commitment to give their lives to Jesus.
- Three or Four Leafed Clover
The word 'luck' has been around for a long time and we often use it. Many people have good luck charms or a four-leaf clover, but St. Patrick used a three-leaf shamrock to teach the Irish about the Trinity. Christians should rely on God, not on luck.
- How to Say Grace
We should know the difference between prayers before meals and saying grace. Grace before meals is a very old tradition and the article looks at the genre and some of its history, concluding that Christians should always thank God for our food.