If you did not know your body was dangerously ill, you would never have sent for your physician; and so you will never go to Christ, the heavenly Physician, unless you feel that your soul is sick unto death. Oh, pray for deep discoveries or your real state by nature and practice!
Pray to see yourself exactly as God sees you; pray to know the worth of your soul. Have you seen yourself vile, as Job saw himself? (Job xi. 3, 5, xiii. 5, 6); undone, as Isaiah saw himself? (Isa vi. 1, 5). Have you experienced anything like Ps. li.?
Perhaps you will ask, Why do you wish me to have such a discovery of my lost condition? I answer, that you may never look into your poor guilty soul to recommend you to God; and that you may joyfully accept of the Lord Jesus Christ, who obeyed and died for sinners.
You will never stand righteous before God in yourself. You are welcome this day to stand righteous before God in Jesus.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Robert Murray M'Cheyne was a Scottish minister at St. Peter's in Dundee during the first half of the nineteenth century. Iain Murray has a chapter focusing on him in his book on Scottish Presbyterianism. You can also read a biography about Pastor M'Cheyne by his friend and fellow minister, Andrew Bonar. Here is an excerpt from a letter that Pastor M'Cheyne wrote to a "soul seeking Jesus:" (HT: Martin Downes)