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Scripture: Psalm 24:1-2

The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord; for he laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers.

Key Ideas

David, Solomon’s father, wrote these verses.

David implies the nature of these verses. They are indisputable fact. They are creationist. They describe a two-tiered structure: God/creation, owner/possession, greater/lesser.

The verses describe both a possession and its owner. The possession is the physical planet earth, the people on it and all it contains. The owner is God Almighty, the earth’s founder and establisher - its creator.

God’s work as creator establishes His ownership. While the verses are creationist, they do not describe the mechanism or processes of creation.

God’s ownership is neither shared nor negotiable. It is absolute.

The fact of God’s ownership does not rely upon or require human acknowledgement. It is effective regardless of human choice.

The two-tier implications of David’s verses also imply that the possession should honor, respect and obey the creator. The heavens tell of God’s glory (Psalm 19:1), so should the earth and its inhabitants. They should also reflect His will.

Application

God’s ownership, possessor and creator, should influence a person’s beliefs, philosophies and behavior.

How might God’s role as owner and creator affect my worship of Him and my generosity in my offerings to Him? How does my giving recognize and affirm His position?

How might God’s role as creator and owner affect my personal relationship and prayer conversations with Him?

David’s claim makes human relationships a matter bigger than church and “brethren” relationships. If God created and owns every person, how should those facts affect my relationship with other people? Do I treat people like God owns them, just as He owns me?

How should the fact that God created and owns planet earth and all it contains affect my perception and practice of biblical environmentalism and my general practice of taking care of things? Think about how biblical environmentalism is different than secular environmentalism.

If God owns me, too, how does my self-care honor Him?

The Takeaway

The Lord possesses all people, things and places, and the planet.

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