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Welcome to COMMIT YOURSELF TO LIFE! This site is still under development, but it presently offers a daily, Christian devotion written by Curtis Dickinson. Originally collected in a small book entitled Commit Yourself to Life, “these devotions are written in the hope that they might shed light on the neglected subject of the eternal purpose of God.” Here Dickinson’s insightful and encouraging meditations are being posted for a new and broader readership. Dickinson also is known for publishing The Witness monthly newsletter from 1963 to 2004. Thanks for visiting.


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APRIL 21

“Satisfy us in the morning with thy loving kindness, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14

There is an old hymn that says, “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.” Often I have commented on the fact that the weight of the message is that we should leave the burden with the Lord, not take it to Him, then carry it away with us again. Something like this happens to people who go to bed with all the worry of the day, and instead of refreshing themselves in sleep, they continue to worry about all those problems. Awakening to a new day, they bring the old day with them, so that after awhile they have piled up all the troubles and sorrowful days of the past until it is hard for them to find any joy and gladness in life. Well, how can we help it? The answer is in this psalm. Satisfaction in the morning comes from the lovingkindness of God. Even if you didn’t sleep well, even if the old problems still confront you, it is obvious that you still have the lovingkindness of God. In His lovingkindness He gives another day, another chance to set your mind on Him and do better. He will be with you today, hearing and answering prayer, guarding you and sustaining you. If you have sinned, it is His lovingkindness, through the death of Jesus on the cross, that cleanses you from sin. And moreover, whatever the day may bring, you know that “to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to His purpose”. (Rom. 8:28). Shouldn’t this satisfy you? Isn’t it enough to know that God has called you through the Gospel to be one of those who are going to be glorified and given the new world of such resplendent beauty that it cannot be described? And today, “in the morning,” He is working through you toward this purpose! Such is His lovingkindness. It is enough to make you rejoice and be glad all day long. Yesterday is past. Leave it behind. God’s lovingkindness, through Jesus the Lord, is yours today, and it is more than enough to satisfy those, who are committed to His purpose.

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for taking away the past and giving me a new life, new purpose and a new hope. Thank you for your loving kindness, made manifest each day. Keep me conscious of your eternal plan, that I may rejoice and be glad each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.