She has chosen the world…

Robert M. M’Cheyne

Robert Murray M’Cheyne was no doubt one of the greatest servants of God Scotland has ever seen. He died at the age of 29. One of his often repeated statements was “live so as to be missed” – he exemplified this. He was a man of godliness and prayer.

He was informed that a young relative had rejected Christ and said that “she was determined to keep by the world” – he penned the following lines on her decision. It brings a challenge to us all in 2011!

She has chosen the world,
And its paltry crowd, –
She has chosen the world,
And an endless shroud!
She has chosen the world,
With its misnamed pleasures:
She has chosen the world,
Before heaven’s own treasures.

She has launched her boat
On life’s giddy sea,
And her all is afloat
For eternity.
But Bethlehem’s star
Is not in her view:
And her aim is far
From the harbour true.

When the storm descends
From an angry sky,
Ah! where from the winds
Shall the vessel fly?
When stars are concealed,
And the rudder gone,
And heaven is sealed
To the wandering one!

For the human heart
Can never conceive
What joys are the part
Of them that believe
Nor can justly think
Of the cup of death
Which all must drink
Who despise the faith

Away then – oh, fly
From the joys of earth!
Her smile is a lie –
There’s a sting in her mirth
Come, leave the dreams
Of this transient night,
And bask in the beams
Of an endless night.

(Full Poem to be found in “The life of Robert Murray M’Cheyne”) – Andrew Bonar