Author unknown, 1872
“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Each man’s life is but a breath! Selah.” Psalm 39:4-5
“So teach us to number our days—that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom!” Psalm 90:12
You alone, O Lord, can teach to profit—help me to number my days aright!
Surely my days are few and fleeting and uncertain! Days past are gone beyond recall—and my future days I cannot number. Let me then this day, and day by day, confide in You—and look to You for the very help and grace I need.
Surely it is the highest wisdom to renounce self, to cleave to Christ, and to keep the great end of my being in view—”to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” This is an object worth living for, and which may well engage all the powers of my mind.
Nor let me suppose that it is needful to turn aside from the occupations of my daily life to honor the God of my salvation; for He teaches me that whether I eat or drink, or whatever I do—I may do all to His glory. To this then may I apply my heart, with all diligence and constancy—constrained by the love of Him who gave Himself for me!
“Every day I will bless You—and I will praise Your name forever and ever!” Psalm 145:2