Scudder on Starting the Day

Scudder on Starting the Day

From The Christian’s Daily Walk

Upon Awaking

Immediately upon awakening, let your heart be lifted up to God with a thankful acknowledgment of his mercy to you. For it is he that gives his beloved sleep, Ps 127:2; who keeps you both in soul and body while you sleep, Prov 6:22; who renews his mercies every morning, Lam 3:22-23. For while you sleep, you are as it were out of actual possession of yourself, and all things else. Now, it was God that kept you, and all that you had, and restored them again, with many new mercies, when you awake.

Rise Early

Arise early in the morning (if you be not necessarily hindered) following the example of our Saviour Christ, John 8:2, and of the good matron in the Proverbs, Prov 31:15. For this will usually improve the health of your body and your prosperity, both of your temporal and spiritual state; for hereby you will have the day before you and will gain the best and the fittest times for the exercises of religion, and for the works of your calling.

Meditations for the Day

In the time between your awaking and arising (if other suitable thoughts offer not themselves) it will be useful to think upon some of these:

  • I must awake from the sleep of sin, to righteousness, Eph 5:14, 1st Cor 15:34; as well as out of bodily sleep unto labour in my calling.
  • The night is far spent, the day is at hand. I must therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, Rom 13:11-12.
  • I must walk honestly as in the day.
  • I am, by the light of grace and knowledge, to arise and walk in it, as well as by the light of the sun to walk by it.
  • Think also of your awaking out of the sleep of death and out of the grave, 1 Cor 15:55; at the sound of the last trumpet, 1 Thess 4:16; even of your blessed resurrection unto glory, at the last day. It was one of David’s sweet thoughts (speaking to God), “When I awake, I shall be satisfied with thy likeness, Ps 17:15.

And because every day you will be assaulted with the world, the flesh, and the devil, you will do well to consider whether you have put on, and do improve your coat of mail, that complete armour, prescribed Eph. 6:11-18.