Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Earth Belongs To God - Psalm 24:1-2 Bible Commentary

What picture do you get in your mind when you hear the word "world"?

If you are like most people, you see a blue and green sphere, and behind this sphere is likely a black background (which might be filled with stars).

Not too long ago, people formed a very different picture in their minds. Why? Because that picture of a globe hanging on nothing had never been seen. It was not until the space age that man saw, for the first time, what the earth looked like from a distance.

In these days, images of the earth from a distance are everywhere. Typically, they are the focal point of advertisements promoting that we should take care of "Mother Earth"— that humans, because we are at the top of the evolutionary ladder, have the responsibility to manage what we control— that which we own: the earth. In the midst of all this absurdity, the world needs to hear this:
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it. (Psalm 24:1)
Humans do have the responsibility to manage the earth. But the reason for this responsibility is not because we are highly evolved or because we are the owners of the earth. The reason we must manage the earth is because we are commanded to by the One who does own the earth.

Not a man on this planet truly owns a piece of property. The Lord is the owner of the earth. Psalm 24:1 clearly states: The earth is the LORD's and all it contains.

But why is the earth the Lord's? Why does it belong to Him? Psalm 24:2 provides an answer:
For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers. (Psalm 24:2)
The earth belongs to the Lord because He created it! When a man creates a song, he attaches his name to it. That song is his song— it belongs to him— he is the composer. In a similar way, the Lord is the composer of the earth and all that it contains.

Ultimately, God is the Creator of all things. The world would do well to throw aside their petty naturalistic dogmas and worship the Creator. The world would do well to abandon the foolish notion that they own the earth, and to recognize Him who owns everything!

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Traverse Not With Wickedness - Psalm 1:1
Earthly Weapons - Psalm 21:7
Do Not Fret Because of Evildoers - Psalm 37:1-2

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