The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world, and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.
We all know that the Lord owns everything. He “owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” He created the Earth and everything in it. These things we know and readily accept. But have we really stopped to think about them?
I like the way this verse is just “matter of fact.” “The heavens are thine…” When we look up at the moon and stars, they are God’s moon and stars. When we feel the warmth of the sun on our faces, we are basking in the glow of one of God’s many stars. When clouds waft past overhead, they are God’s clouds. The heavens are thine.
Almost as a side note, “the earth also is thine” is thrown in. The Earth belongs to God. The mountains are His. The oceans and seas are His. The small piece of ground that I call my own – yep, it’s His too.
“…as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.” God not only owns the heavens and the Earth, He owns everything in the Earth. Thinking of it that way, the things that we take pride in really do seem insignificant. Everything we see around us is ultimately His.
Verse 12 struck me when I read it. Being an American (and a history teacher), when I see “north and south,” I think of the Civil War. And it is true that the Lord created both the North and the South. But then it occurred to me that any “north and south” application would be true. He created the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. If you read this verse and you are from Finland, He created north Finland and He created south Finland. There is no interpretation of “the north and the south, thou hast created them…” that is not true. He created and owns all of the “norths” and all of the “souths.” That blows my tiny little human mind.
Sometimes it’s good to just sit back and be in awe of the God that we serve.