The earth is the lord’s and the fullness of it, the world and they who live in it. Psalm 24:1
What would life be like if we believed this statement?
Notice it talks about both things and people. What we believe in regard to the earth, its fullness, the world and earthlings is pretty important.
Sometimes I catch myself thinking, “Good for you God. Nice concept, but I want to possess…something.” Maybe you can relate.
Possessing people has never been an issue I’ve had to struggle with much. Never had to deal with slaves or servants…. Family posessiveness crops up in my mind from time to time though. For example: “my son/daughter, our family”.
Possessing people is not as difficult for me as it used to be only because I have trained myself over a long period of time to say things like, “Well, God, they aren’t my servants…deep sigh… they belong to you…” or “I am nothing without You, LORD.” or “What do you want me to do with this LORD?”
The blatant truth is that I do not own a single shred of anything I can touch, feel, think or make either. My thoughts and ideas… creative content… are not mine. The house I have decorated and made into our home is not technically mine –nor does it belong to my family. The skills I have acquired over time are not mine to claim. The funds that pass through my fingers are not “mine” before, during or after they touch my hands.
Think about all the items or people to which you attach the word “mine”. Now question that possession.
If we keep going, logically Psalm 24:1 calls into question our very existence and it gets kind of weird. The resulting emotion is to feel slave-like, insignificant, helpless, lost. There is something inside us that rebels against such conditions, right?
James says that our behavior is incredibly linked to our beliefs about possession but then he gives us the solution.
4 What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?
2 You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. James 4:1-2 (AMP)
The solution, says James, is to ask. Not to ask your government or king, your neighbor, your friend, or your family. The solution is to ask God. The apostle Paul agrees:
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)
How would life change if we believed God’s word in Psalm 24 and put it into daily practice?Beloved, it’s not mine. It’s not yours either. Whatever, “IT” is, everything belongs to God.
What impact would this have on our relationships? The realization that the true owner is the LORD, our maker, is an essential step in properly aligning our attitudes. Attitudes have huge turning power in our relationships.
Discord and feuds, quarrels and fightings, jealousy and coveting, unfulfilled desires and the sense of having to make those desires a reality, and though they are often destructive, these behaviors play a big part in our sensual human existence.
So does relaxing about life and its contents. A sense of peace whether active or stationary is a proper alignment.
If the earth is the LORD’s then we don’t have to grab to possess it or wear ourselves out trying to make it full. All the inhabitants are the LORD’s and it is not our job to micro manage their existence for good or harm.
When it feels like your world is falling apart, pause and consider the world was never yours to begin with. It is, has been and always will belong to the LORD.
God’s got this. That’s relaxing.
May the peace that exceeds all understanding be yours in Christ Jesus… that peace that mounts guard over your hearts and minds. Amen.
“Just a thought” began on a trip to visit family in California last week. Praise the LORD! Everyone, family of origin, extended family, and immediate family are the LORD’s no matter what’s going on with them or with us at any given time. ~ Christine