Martin Madan (1726-1790)

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Anglican
Hymn #170 (only verses 3 and 5).
Born in 1726 Martin Madan was son of Colonel Martin Madan and brother to Spencer Madan. His mother was Judith Cowper, daughter of Spencer Cowper, uncle to William Cowper. This hymn writer was therefore cousin to the latter. He was studying law to become a barrister, but heard a sermon by John Wesley on the text, “Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:1212Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. (Amos 4:12)). This changed the whole course of his life and he became a preacher of the word instead of a lawyer. He was chaplain of Locke Hospital, Hyde Park Corner. Later he was involved in some very unscriptural doctrine as to marriage and no longer preached. This surely reminds us that “By strength shall no man prevail” and “All flesh is grass.” How timely a warning the apostle gives us in 1 Corinthians 10:1212Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12) — “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
This servant of the Lord has gone, has left this scene of failure; but may we take heed to our own walk and ways and seek to glorify Christ at all cost.
“ ‘Tis Thy heavenly bride and Spirit,
Jesus, Lord, that bid Thee come,
All the glory to inherit
And to take Thy people home.
All creation
Travails, groans, till Thou shalt come.”