The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah (Psalm 24 ESV)
Being the Creator Implies Ownership
If God had not “founded the earth upon the seas and established it upon the rivers,” then his ownership would be far less benevolent than we see it to be in the pages of Scripture. But God created everything, thus he owns everything. When we look to the creation of the universe as described in Genesis 1-2, we see two things immediately that cause us to stand in awe of God. First, he created everything ex nihilo or out of nothing. He created everything that is out of nothing that was. Secondly, he created everything by word. “And God SAID…” is at the beginning of each creative act. The maker of heaven and earth is thus the owner. Take heart as your feet hit the floor today that you stand upon God’s ground, established for the good of his people and the glory of his name.