Psalm 107 is a real epic, reading like the script for a major motion picture, or perhaps a big budget miniseries. Below are only the first nine verses; I encourage you to go to your bibles and read the whole thing, letting your imagination paint the pictures brought to us by this astonishing Psalm!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
A bedtime prayer of thanks (from Knowing Jesus)
Heavenly Father, I thank Your for the gift of sleep and the opportunity for our bodies to be renewed and our souls to be refreshed during these quiet hours of the night, and as bedtime draws nearer, I want to thank You for the benefits of sleep You have given us and ask that You would give me Your beloved sleep tonight.
Thank You for today and all the blessings and grace that has been poured out on me and those that I love, and as I reflect on the different people I have met I pray Your love and peace would guard and guide each one. And Lord, as I reflect on the different things that I have done, I ask Your forgiveness for anything that was not honoring to You – but praise and thank You for the opportunities You have given me to carry out Your purpose through my life today.
As I settle down for the night I ask and pray that I would soon fall asleep, but first I want to hand all my cares and worries over to You, for You have promised to carry our burdens, if we will simply lay them down at Your feet.
I also want to lift up to You all those that mean so much to me, my family and friends, neighbours and other acquaintances, and ask Your blessing on each one – and I ask that You would wake me in the morning refreshed and ready to do Your bidding and may I be blessed with one more day to live for Jesus. Lord thank You that You are coming back soon and I pray that I may be ready for Your return – but in the meantime may I serve you faithfully and well.