Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
One of the earliest prayers I remember says “Now I lay me down to sleep ….” Bedtime prayers were a part of my childhood, and I still make a connection between some of my conversations with God and the nighttime.
The prophet Isaiah suggests a similar sentiment:
9 My soul yearns for you in the night,
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
There’s an evening song included in the Glory to God Hymnal that also helps God’s people lean on God during the night. Hymn 675 All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night is a bedtime hymn used by the boys at the Winchester School in England. It was originally 12 stanzas in length. (I wonder how many of the boys fell asleep each night before the song was finished?)
In our hymnal, we find stanza 1, 2 (in a modified form), 3, and 12. As we lay down to sleep, praise, confession, submission to God’s instruction, and then a little more praise is a good way to end our day.
Loving God, as I trust You to keep me through the night, I do lay my sins before You asking Your forgiveness. Teach me how to seek Your judgements and ways, and remind me to always give You praise. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.