“Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am” (Psalm 39:4).
David’s request “to know my end” and “the extent of my days” expresses a desire to know the precise day of his death and the definitive number of days leading to it. While he’s asking for the impossible, that which cannot be known, it does lend itself to other possibilities. Knowing that I’m going to die does not cripple me but, rather, it compels me to live each day fully; to squeeze the life out of every nonrenewable moment; to prioritize my life in a way that makes the greatest impact on the world around me and honors the God who gives life. The possibilities are staggering.