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He Loved to Meet Jesus Early

February 11, 2011
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John Piper, in his biographical sketch of Robert Murray McCheyne, at the 2011 Pastors Conference:

All of McCheyne’s scheduled disciplines aimed at fixing the habit in his heart of living in constant communion with Christ. He had formed the habit of rising early to read the Scriptures and pray, and he tried to maintain this to the end of his life. He loved to meet Jesus early. He journaled, “Rose early to seek God and found him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?” He wrote to a student, “Never see the face of man till you have seen his face who is our life, our all.” Or in another place, he said, “I cannot begin my work for I have not seen the face of God.”

– John Piper, He Kissed the Rose and Felt the Thorn

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