“The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” – Psalm 24:1
I like to travel, but I hate to fly (doesn’t make sense). I do not hate to fly because I am afraid that the plane will crash and burn, but I hate to fly because I do not like being enclosed with all of those people in this small space that I cannot exit anytime I want. Anyways, that’s besides the point…
The point is, I have seen some parts of this world that are truly amazing. While I haven’t traveled as much out of country as many others that I know, I have been to some places that I wouldn’t mind being a more frequent visitor (St. Maarten!!). I am a huge fan of the beach, and with that being the case, the Caribbean is my ideal destination. It’s so beautiful with it’s crystal clear, amazingly blue waters. When I see the water it as if they are calling out to me to jump in because they look so refreshing. The landscape, the trees, the mountains, the rocks, the sand, the water, the sky, the sunset, the sunrise, everything seems so perfect. It seems so perfect because they all have something so glorious in common, they are God’s.
Everything in this earth is His. This is truly remarkable. From what is seemingly the most beautiful element of all creation to the smallest and what we may consider the most meaningless and ugly element of all creation, it all belongs to God. He created all of it. Not only is all of the creation and this earth His, but everything on the earth and within the earth is His as well. All of the people are His to do with what He pleases. All of the stuff is His. Everything that you think that you “own” is His. You own nothing. It truly is mind blowing that if you sit here and read this blog, you are looking at a computer or phone, or something, and then everything that you look up and look around at, everything around you, and even you, right now, at this minute, is God’s. He owns it all! Pretty powerful isn’t it.
He own’s it all and He is a fountain of all good. Valley of Vision page 11, a prayer entitled “The All-Good”, here is an exert, “Though bottomless fountain of all good, I give myself to thee out of love, for all I have or own is thine, my goods, family, church, self, to do with as thou wilt, to honor thyself by me, and by all mine.” Everything we own is God’s and it is all for Him to do as He pleases. When we truly step back and realize that we own absolutely nothing and we posses nothing apart from His grace and His mercy, it will change our perspective on how we live, how we act, how we treat others, how we “cling” to our possessions, and everything else. The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.