Psalm 24: 1 (KJV)
1The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget. That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world! The battle is not done; Jesus Who died shall be satisfied, And earth and heav’n be one.
“Though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet” This is one of if not my favorite line of this hymn. The world is dark place characterized by greed, superficiality, oppression and violence. Yet, it still belongs to God. It’s still His world and it’s not beyond redemption. Despite child slavery, genocide, tsunamis, famine and war, hostility in ways we could never imagine, He is the ruler yet.
The objective of the beginning of the psalm is to show that the Jews had nothing of themselves which could entitle them to approach nearer or more familiarly to God than the Gentiles. As God by his providence preserves the world, the power of his government is alike extended to all, so that he ought to be worshipped by all, even as he also shows to all men, without exception, the fatherly care he has about them.
This song serves as a reminder to us that the whole world belongs to God. He is the Creator of the earth, and therefore, its Proprietor; or, in other words, “the property vests in Him.” It belongs to Him in a sense somewhat similar to our right of property in anything that is the production of our hands, or of our labor or skill. We claim that as our own. We feel that we have a right to use it, or to dispose of it, as we choose. No other person has a right to take it from us, or to dictate to us how we shall employ it. Thus, God, in the highest possible sense, has a right to the earth, and to all which it produces, as being all of it the creation of His hands, and the fruit of His culture and skill. He has a right to dispose of it as He pleases; by fire, or flood, or tempest; and He has an equal right to direct man in what way He shall employ that portion of the productions of the earth which may be entrusted to Him. All the right which any person has to any portion of the earth‘s surface, or to what is treasured up in the earth, or to what it is made to produce, is subordinate to the claims of God, and all should be yielded up at His bidding, whether He comes and claims it to be employed in His service, or whether He comes and sweeps it away by fire or flood; by the locust, or by the palmer-worm.
Christ Himself promised trouble and affliction for those who sojourn on the path leading to His cross and to those who love Him and follow Him. But by that same cross, Christ has overcome the world. So, let us remember that no man possesses the earth, or any portion of it, except in a very limited and accommodating sense. The title deeds which men treasure are merely the written permission of the societies in which they live, conveying the right of use for the brief period of their earthly lives. The cattle upon a thousand hills are God’s possession, not ours. All of the earth and everything in it belong to God.
Have a great and God filled day!