I’ve been seeking and gathering…


Prayers, like flowers strewn among the grasses, different shapes and sizes and colors…





From the Psalms.



Today I pluck a bright one, full of joy and triumph, and share the beauty of its shape and color here.


A good prayer to start the day, with its gratitude for varied deliverances.

I make it mine, for it gives the words to voice the thanks in my heart for deliverance He, in His great love and mercy and power, granted little me.

Could it be your prayer, too? Does it speak for you?



(From Psalm 30)


… I will extol You, O LORD,

for You have lifted me up,

and have not let my foes rejoice over me.

O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.

O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave;

You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit…

By Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;

You hid Your face, [and] I was troubled.

I cried out to You, O LORD;

And to the LORD I made supplication:

“What profit is there in my blood,
[If] I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me;
LORD, be my helper!”

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.



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11 thoughts on “One Prayer, Plucked from the Bounty

  1. I absolutely love that Psalm. It is a testimony of my life! Thanks so much for sharing…and for leaving a comment on my blog. Blessings to you!

    1. And thanks so much for stopping over here and commenting, Audrey. Testimony of my life, too! Isn’t He amazingly good? God bless!

  2. I loved your photos, and example of different types of prayer. Often I love to pray as a song of praise that I make up the words as I sing.

    1. Wonderful, Nancy! I see your blog is called “Songs at Night.” I hope you write down the words. Those spontaneous things are often the most beautiful, because they come right from the heart, from the soul. Thanks for visiting and commenting today.

  3. Dear Sylvia
    Oh, I hear David’s heart for that was just where I was last week; deep down in the pit! I remember how I cried out to our Pappa all through the days and nights and now I rejoice for He has heard my prayers and lifted me up again. I am so thankful.
    Blessings XX

  4. Oh Mia, thanking God with you! I know that experience well. So important to keep hanging on and crying out to Him!
    So many psalms speak what our hearts want to say better than we can, don’t they?
    Hope all is better now. God bless you, dear sister. Praying for you.

  5. Oh how I love the psalms and this one is filled with so much… how He heals and answers our cries, bends down to hear us, lifts us out of the pit. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love your pictures and Psalm 30! I’m up in the middle of the night right now. And have been reading the Psalms as they smooth my soul. I decided to read some blogs as well, and was comforted by the verses you shared. Thank you and blessings to you!

    Trusting Him,

  7. Regretful to be replying so late, Pam. Summer’s a jungle of distractions, it seems. Yes, He certainly does those things. He certainly has for me.

  8. Joan, I gain such comfort from Psalms, too. The more familiar they become to me, the more meeting up with one of them lightens up my eyes and heart or soothes my troubled soul. I’m glad I took the time to publish this post, and it was here for Him to use the psalm in His perfect timing. Blessings to you.

  9. Beautiful flowers, Sylvia! Beautiful Psalm, as well – the Psalms are some of my favorites! Thank you so much for sharing, Sylvia!

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