A link to the congregation singing the hymn.

On Sunday 4th February Pastor Mark preached on “The Lord – our righteousness” and we sang an old hymn by Robert Murray M’Cheyne. I remember singing this often in church when a boy but it recent years it has not been so well know. What wonderful truth put to verse by an old divine who entered glory aged only 29.

Almost two centuries since his death, Robert M’Cheyne’s legacy keeps attracting interest. It does so primarily because of M’Cheyne’s unceasing devotion to Christ—a devotion that is seen in his Bible reading plan, declared in his sermons, and shines in his life of holiness. He was living proof of one of his most beloved maxims: “It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”  (Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, ed. Andrew A. Bonar (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1844/1966).)

When free grace awoke me by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me; I trembled to die.
No refuge, no safety in self could I see;
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Savior must be!

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life giving and free.
“Jehovah Tsidkenu” is all things to me!