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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - November 20, 2015

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> "O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul."
> Lamentations 3:58
> Observe how positively the prophet speaks. He doth not say, "I hope, I trust, I
sometimes think, that God hath pleaded the causes of my soul;" but he speaks of it
as a matter of fact not to be disputed. "Thou hast 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. Be this our prayer, that we may have done
with the harsh croaking voice of surmise and suspicion, and may be able to speak
with the clear, melodious voice of full assurance.

Notice how gratefully the
prophet speaks, ascribing all the glory to God alone! You perceive there is not a
word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He doth not ascribe his deliverance
in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is "thou"--"O Lord,
thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life." A grateful
spirit should ever be cultivated by the Christian; and especially after
deliverances 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 censor smoking with
the sweet incense 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 low 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 tabor, shrill as the note of Deborah when she met
Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremy going up to
heaven--"Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast 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.
> Evening
> "The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks."
> Proverbs 30:26
> Conscious of their own natural defencelessness, the conies resort to burrows in
the rocks, and are secure from their enemies. My heart, be willing to gather a
lesson from these feeble folk. Thou art as weak and as exposed to peril as the
timid cony; be as wise to seek a shelter. My best security is within the munitions
of an immutable Jehovah, where his unalterable promises stand like giant walls of
rock. It will be well with thee, my heart, if thou canst always hide thyself in
the bulwarks of his glorious attributes, all of which are guarantees of safety for
those who put their trust in him.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, I have so done,
and have found myself like David in Adullam, safe from the cruelty of my enemy; I
have not now to find out the blessedness of the man who puts his trust in the
Lord, for long ago, when Satan and my sins pursued me, I fled to the cleft of the
rock Christ Jesus, and in his riven side I found a delightful resting-place. My
heart, run to him anew tonight, whatever thy present grief may be; Jesus feels for
thee; Jesus consoles thee; Jesus will help thee. No monarch in his impregnable
fortress is more secure than the cony in his rocky burrow.

The master of ten
thousand chariots is not one whit better protected than the little dweller in the
mountain's cleft. In Jesus the weak are strong, and the defenceless safe; they
could not be more strong if they were giants, or more safe if they were in heaven.
Faith gives to men on earth the protection of the God of heaven. More they cannot
need, and need not wish. The conies cannot build a castle, but they avail
themselves of what is there already: I cannot make myself a refuge, but Jesus has
provided it, his Father has given it, his Spirit has revealed it, and lo, again
tonight I enter it, and am safe from every foe.
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