O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul. Lamentations 3:58

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.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Meditate about your evidences

These evidences are the graces of the Spirit; see whether you have any
evidences. What desires do you have after Christ? What faith do you have? See
whether there is no flaw in your evidences: are your desires true? Do you
desire heavenly principles [to live by], as well as heavenly privileges? O
meditate seriously upon your evidences!

To sift our hearts in this way by meditation is very necessary. If we find
that our estate is not sound, the mistake is discovered, and the danger is
prevented. And if it is sound, then we will have the comfort of it. What
gladness it was to Hezekiah, when he could say, “Remember now, O Lord, how I
have walked before you in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that
which is good in your sight,” Isaiah 38.3. So, what unspeakable comfort it
will be, when a Christian, upon a serious meditation and review of his
spiritual condition, can say, I have something to show for heaven; “I know I
have passed from death to life,” 1John 3.14. And as a holy man once said, “I
am Christ’s, and the devil has nothing to do with me.”

Thomas Watson, The Christian on the Mount

My God and My Savior, My Comfort and All

MY God and my Saviour, my Comfort and all,
Thy Throne is my Refuge, in Anguish and Thrall,
When Troubles assault me ’tis hither I fly,
And Troubles do vanish when thou dost draw nigh

My fears and my Doubtings, a numerous Host,
When thou art but absent do rally and boast ;
But when thou dost hearken to our Groans and our Cries,
Faith conquers and triumphs, assures and defies.

My humble Petition is always to be,
My God, and my Saviour, so near to thee.
That every Assailant that would me dismay,
Be all disappointed, and vanish away.

My wand’ring Motions thy Spirit can cure,
Thy Spirit can keep me in Dangers secure,
Direct all my Goings, and set me to rest,
Where Satan and Pleasure can never molest.

– William Williams, Hosannah to the Son of David