Count Your Days (Through the Psalms)
"O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! ^Psalm 39:4 (Click to read entire Psalm)
It is a healthy thing to think about your death and how short life really is. When we see our lives in perspective to how grand and mighty God is, it humbles us in a way that is good for our souls.
David asks the Lord, “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am” (v. 4). David is asking God to help him see how short his life is so that he will be able to use this short life for the glory of God.
When we realize how short our lives are in comparison to eternity it does two things: 1) we realize how small and insignificant we are and yet 2) we simultaneously realize how much value and importance there is to our lives.
This may seem like an oxymoron but it is two sides of one coin. When we realize that our lives are, “a mere breath” (v. 5) it allows us to see that we really are not that important. We are not the most important thing or person that exists on this earth. A revelation of a life that is fleeting infuses a sense of humility into our hearts that gives us a healthy perspective on our time here.
At the same time, a revelation of a short life empowers us to live each day as if it really matters. Knowing that our days are counted and that we will soon return to the dust motivates us to live every waken moment for the glory of God. When we realize that we really only have one life to live here on earth, the proper response is to live it for Him. Everything we do apart from Him has no eternal value.
May we like David count our days!