LORD, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am.
“Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah. Psalm 39:4-5
When I live my life with the end in mind, my perspective is much more like God’s. The brevity of life becomes apparent and the importance of knowing Him, and seeing His hand in everyday matters is so much a part of my mindset. Pride evaporates as I realize I am nothing in His sight. (Of course, He loves me and I am special to Him… but I am no more special than anyone else(
I heard a preacher say it this way “God does not have favorites, but He does have ‘intimates'”. Shakespeare said “brevity is the soul of wit”, I say “realizing my brevity is the soul’s guidepost”.
Am I one of those who realizes how transient life is? Am I caught up in temporary things versus eternal things? Its a mix. But, I am resolved as I read this Psalm, that my perspective will move toward God’s perspective.
Lord Jesus, again this theme of numbering my days and living them out with wisdom has bubbled to the surface. I heed what You are saying and will make the difficult decisions so that I may glorify You and fulfill the purposes for which I have been made and included in Your family and kingdom.