D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Are We Too Subjective?

June 8, 2012

“If we are to be quite honest… perhaps the greatest lack in our worship and practice of the Christian faith is the absence of a sense of wonder, a sense of adoration and a sense of worship. I have no doubt at all that this is very largely to be explained by the fact that we are so subjective.

Take your hymn books and read the great hymns, especially, perhaps, the hymns that were written before the middle of the last century. (The subjective element seems to have come in just about then.) Start with Isaac Watts and come down the great succession and you will find they have this glorious objectivity. They rejoiced in their experiences, yes, but the note you find outstanding  in their hymns is always their praise of the Lord, their glorying in him. With Isaac Watts they surveyed the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died. That is the predominant thought. They always spent their time in worship and adoration and in the glorification of him.

It seems to me that this is the note that we must recapture, and there is no real hope for revival and true awakening until come back to this. And the way to do that is to study the Scriptures, to spend our time in reading and meditating upon them and then in humbling ourselves in worship and adoration before such a marvelous truth.”