For Every Look at Yourself, Take Ten Looks At Christ
In my sermon on Psalm 15, I quoted twice from Robert Murray M’Cheyne. M’Cheyne was a Scottish Presbyterian pastor from the nineteenth century who is most known for the annual bible reading plan he developed that many people use today. We know how he worked through the Scripture, but in this brief excerpt of a letter he wrote to his friend George Shaw, we get a sense of how the Scripture worked through him. M’Cheyne’s love for Christ and desire to know him is evidenced in his pursuit of personal holiness.
Learn much of the Lord Jesus. For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely. Such infinite majesty, and yet such meekness and grace, and all for sinners, even the chief! Live much in the smiles of God. Bask in His beams. Feel His all-seeing. Eye settled on you in love, and repose in His almighty arms.
Cry after divine knowledge and lift up your voice for understanding. Seek her as silver, and search for her as hid treasure, according to the word in Proverbs 2:4. See that verse 10 be fulfilled in you. Let wisdom enter into your hearts, and knowledge be pleasant to thy soul; so, you will be delivered from the snares mentioned in the following verses.
Let your soul be filled with a heart-ravishing sense of the sweetness and excellency of Christ and all that is in Him. Let the Holy Spirit fill every chamber of your heart; and so there will be no room for folly, or the world, or Satan, or the flesh.
I must now commend you all to God and the word of His grace. My dear people are just assembled for worship. Alas! I cannot preach to them tonight. I can only carry them and you on my heart to the throne of grace. Write me soon. Ever yours, etc.
Andrew Bonar, Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1966), 293.