THE CHARGE "Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth." Psalm 31:5 If the Lord has gone to the expense of redeeming us — then we may well trust him to take care of us. If the blood of his Son was shed as our ransom-price, and if his almighty arm was made bare for our rescue from sin and its penalty — then we may well commit our souls, our all, into his keeping. "He who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all — how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" What good can he withhold from us — who would not withhold his only-begotten and well-beloved Son? Let us, therefore, morning by morning, and evening by evening, commit our souls, our selves, our all — into his hands, that we may be preserved from all evil, and be kept by his power unto eternal salvation. As our redeeming God, he will be faithful to his charge. O you who have redeemed me from the curse, and brought me under your blessing — I surrender myself into your hands for this night. Preserve me from all evil; from destructive elements and extreme pains; from all moral evil and from all temporal danger. If wakeful, may I commune with you, and meditate on your truth; and if I sleep, may I be kept from distracting and distressing dreams. Take me and make me your charge. Take me and preserve me unto your kingdom and glory. Take me and use me for your honor and praise. Take body, soul, and spirit — sanctify me, and preserve me blameless unto the coming of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. O Lord, I cannot trust myself — I can trust no one but you: therefore, I commit myself and my all into your hands, and leave myself with you for life or for death, just as you please. "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day!" 2 Timothy 1:12

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