Morning Piety: How A Private Man Must Begin the Morning with Piety – Brief Directions how to Read the Holy Scriptures Once Every Year Over with Ease, Profit, and Reverence – 6 Areas of Focus

From Bayly.

But forasmuch, that as faith is the soul, so reading and meditating on the word of God, are the parents of prayer, therefore, before thou prayest in the morning, first read a chapter in the word of God; then meditate awhile with thyself, how many excellent things thou canst remember out of it. (ed., Ps. 63:1)

As—First, what good counsels or exhortations to good works and to holy life. (ed., 2 Tim. 3:16)

Secondly, what threatenings of judgments against such and such a sin; and what fearful examples of God’s punishment or vengeance upon such and such sinners. (ed., Ps. 19:10f.)

Thirdly, what blessings God promiseth to patience, chastity, mercy, alms-deeds, zeal in his service, charity, faith and trust in God, and such like Christian virtues.

Fourthly, what gracious deliverance God hath wrought, and what special blessings he hath bestowed upon them who were his true and zealous servants. (ed., 2 Chron. 16:9)

Fifthly, apply these things to thine own heart, and read not these chapters as matter of historical discourse, but as if they were so many letters or epistles sent down from God out of heaven to thee; for whatsoever is written, is written for our learning (Rom. xv. 4.)

Sixthly, read them, therefore, with that reverence as if God himself stood by, and spake these words to thee, to excite thee to those virtues, to dissuade thee from those vices: assuring thyself that if such sins (as thou readest there) be found in thee, without repentance, the like plagues will fall upon thee; but if thou dost practice the like piety and virtuous deeds, the like blessings shall come to thee and thine. (ed., Ps. 119:151; Ps. 73:28)


Ps. 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.

2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Ps. 19:10  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

2 Chron. 16:9 the eyes of the LORD run to and fro through-out the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Rms. 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.

Ps. 119:151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are true.

Ps. 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.