LORD, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.
David continues in verse 5: “Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah.”
David knew the importance of looking at himself from God’s perspective. He desired to understand human life in comparison to God—to recognize his own frailty in order to humbly submit to God and avoid pride. Having God’s perspective will help us to think more like God thinks.
For more about thinking like God, see the article “Christ in Us: How Does He Live in You?”