Robert Murray McCheyne's (1813-1843) calendar for daily readings is a concise course for reading in a year through the whole Bible once, the Psalms and the New Testament twice.
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Robert Murray M'Cheyne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1813. He was all his life frail of health and eventually succumbed to typhoid fever at the age of 30. His life was one of devotion to the King of kings, and he is regarded as one of the spiritual leaders of his generation. At the age of four he taught himself the Greek alphabet, and later memorized large portions of Scripture. M'Cheyne attended the University of Edinburgh, where he excelled in his studies and was greatly influenced by Thomas Chalmers. He was licensed to preach at 22, and a year later was ordained and began ministry at St. Peter's Church in Dundee. His life was one marked by absolute dependence upon the Holy Spirit and consistency in his walk with God. M'Cheyne died on March 25, 1843; he is buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's.
The center column contains the day of the month. The first two columns contain the chapters to be read in the family. The last two columns contain the portions to be read in secret (privately).
The head of the family should previously read over the chapter indicated for the family worship and mark two or three of the most prominent verses upon which he may dwell, giving a few explanatory thoughts, and asking several simple questions.
The portion read, both for family and private reading, would be greatly illuminated if they were preceded by a moment's silent prayer: "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law" (Psalm 119:18).
Let the conversation at the family meals frequently turn upon the chapter read; thus every meal will be a sacrament, being sanctified by the Word and prayer (1Timothy 4:5).
Let our private reading precede the dawning of the day. Let God's voice be the first we hear in the morning. Mark two or three of the richest verses and pray over every word and line of them.
Above all, use the Word as a lamp to your feet and a light to your path--your guide in perplexity, your armour in temptation, your food in times of faintness.