Morning, November 20, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause.”— Lamentations 3:58
Observe how positively the prophet speaks. He does not say, “I hope, I trust, I sometimes think, that God has pleaded the causes of my soul;” but he speaks of it as a matter of fact not to be disputed. “You have pleaded the causes of my soul.” Let us, by the aid of the gracious Comforter, shake off those doubts and fears which so much mar our peace and comfort. Let this be our prayer, that we may be done with the harsh raspy voice of assumption and suspicion, and may be able to speak with the clear, melodious voice of full confidence. Notice how gratefully the prophet speaks, assigning all the glory to God alone! You perceive there is not a word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He does not credit his deliverance in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is “You”–“O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause; You have redeemed my life.” A grateful spirit should forever be cultivated by the Christian; and especially after deliverance we should prepare a song for our God. Earth should be a temple filled with the songs of grateful saints, and every day should be a altar of incense smoking with the sweet smell of thanksgiving. How joyful Jeremiah seems to be while he records the Lord’s mercy. How triumphantly he lifts up the strain! He has been in the lowest dungeon, and is even now no other than the weeping prophet; and yet in the very book which is called “Lamentations,” clear as the song of Miriam when she dashed her fingers against the tambourine, penetrating as the notes of Deborah when she met Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremiah going up to heaven–“You have pleaded my soul’s cause; You have redeemed my life.” O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord’s lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.