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Truth for Life - November 20, 2017

November 20

A Voice of Confidence

You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life. - Lamentations 3:58

Observe how positively the prophet speaks. He does not say, "I hope, I trust, I sometimes think that God has taken up my cause"; rather he speaks of it as a matter of fact not to be disputed. "You have taken up my cause." Let us, by the aid of the gracious Comforter, shake off those doubts and fears that so easily mar our peace and comfort.

Let this be our prayer--that we may be done with the harsh, croaking voice of conjecture 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 will notice that there is not a word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He does not ascribe his deliverance in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is "you"--"You have taken up my cause, O LORD; you have redeemed my life."

A grateful spirit should always 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 filled with the sweet incense of thanksgiving.

How joyful Jeremiah seems to be while he records the Lord's mercy. How triumphantly he sounds out melody!

He has been in the low dungeon, and even now he is none other than the weeping prophet; and yet in the very book that is called "Lamentations," in as clear a song as Miriam's when she played her tambourine, in as piercing a note as Deborah's when she met Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremiah going up to heaven--"You have taken up my cause, O LORD; you have redeemed my life."

O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord's loving-kindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly!

Family Bible reading plan

verse 1 1 Chronicles 15

verse 2 James 2

Everyone a Child Should Know

Written By Clare Heath- Whyte Illustrated By: Jenny Brake

It’s never too early to introduce the next generation to some of the heroes of faith. In this book, children will meet 52 Christian men and women (one for each week of the year) from all walks of life who wanted to live for their friend Jesus. There are missionaries, martyrs and writers such as Brother Andrew, William Tyndale and C.S. Lewis. There are reformers, politicians and artists such as Martin Luther, William Wilberforce and Rembrandt.  The stories or these men and women are exciting and inspiring and will show children that any of Jesus’ friends can do remarkable things for Him - even them!

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