On Meditation: Scudder 2

A little more on meditation from Scudder. Here he instructs the Christian in meditation before going to sleep in the evening. He encourages us to,

First, Look back and take a strict view of your whole carriage that day past. Reform what you find amiss; and rejoice, or be grieved, as you find you have done well or ill, as you have advanced or declined in grace that day.

Second, ...renew and confirm your peace with God by faith and prayer...

All this being done, yet while you are putting off your apparel, when you are lying down, and when you are in bed, before you sleep, it is good that you commune with your own heart, (Ps. 4:4). If other good and fit meditations offer not themselves, some of these will be seasonable:

When you see yourself without your apparel, consider what you were at your birth, and what you shall be at your death, when you put off this earthly tabernacle... how that you brought nothing into this world, nor shall carry any thing out (1 Tim. 6:7)... This will be an excellent means to give you sweet content in any thing you have (1 Tim. 6:8)...

You may think thus also: if the sun must not go down upon my wrath (Eph 4:26), lest it become hatred, and so be worse ere morning; then it is not safe for me to lie down in the allowance of any sin...

Consider likewise, that if you walk with God in uprightness, your death unto you is but to fall into sweet sleep, an entering into rest, a resting on your bed for a night (Is. 57:2) until the glorious morning of your happy resurrection.

If you possibly can, fall asleep with some heavenly meditation, then will your sleep be more sweet (Prov. 3:21-25), and more secure (Prov. 6:21, 22); your dreams fewer, or more comfortable; your head fuller of good thoughts; and your heart will be in a better frame when you awake, whether in the night or in the morning.