The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psalms 24:1 KJV
Does someone come into my house and tell me what to do? Tell me where I am gonna hang my pictures? Where my bed will sit? How I’ll arrange my spices? No, NO THEY DON’T! And this world is God’s house and it will be run just how He likes it. My opinion, objection and resistance mean nothing! Want to follow me down this rabbit hole?
I Live in God’s World and the Fulness Thereof
I have a list of objections to this world, things I really wish weren’t as they are. Things that cause me great pain which I have little influence over or ability to change. These things are facts and realities, which seem immovable. Though I might writhe and twist in the flesh, they move not one iota. They simply are and are in God’s world as He has made it. It’s His affixed spice rack, His hung paintings, and His choice of tableware – because this is His world. I live here as a guest not an owner.
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it – fulness thereof. Earlier today Martha read me chapters from her new book Altogether Forgiven. I both laughed hysterically and wept. The portions she read to me were about man’s utter and complete need for forgiveness and God’s beautiful solution. Here is just one line from the part she read to me.
“Jesus, the Last Adam, brought a final end to human wickedness. Our prison door is open now, and our Redeemer waits to give us…His Perfect Self.”
This quote was read at the end of an emotional rollercoaster where laughter and tears smooshed together in the most amazing nearness. All I could think of was this quandary we all face and this beautiful scripture that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in this world belongs to Him.
What about the Problems and the Fulness Thereof?
You will notice that people attempting to escape accountability through atheism usually shoot with, “What about all the pain and evil in the world?” We just don’t like how this world is structured. We think we can do it better. And the bottom line of this all states, “God, You’re a failure!” And I, like all humanity, believe I have the right to a comment card and suggestion box but many of my objections are unchangeable. Wish you could avoid the abuse, change the parents or family, feed the world, save the baby, eradicate the evil, change your history, make world peace…the list goes on and on in HIS WORLD.
What I have to come to over and over is that the Ways of God are always His perfection and perfect for me. I might not understand them or like them but they are just the same. Why didn’t He make man submissive rather than capable of such rebellion? Why did He require His Son to be brutally murdered on a cross to pay for that rebellion? Being all-powerful, why couldn’t He make it not so messy? Because this is God’s house and He does things according to His pleasure, not mine.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!
Isaiah 26:3 NLT
Ways of God and the Fulness Thereof
Worshipping the Ways of God is a huge work of the Spirit. Submitting to His complete sovereignty happens as we see Him and know He alone is God. God’s ways are always perfection and perfect for me, whether understood or not. We must cry out with all our being for He not me. To know His Ways is to know Him and to receive His Ways is to receive Him.
I live in His world; He is not my invited guest. No matter how my ego might deceive me, the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.
I AM God,
and there is no other;
I AM God,
and there is none like Me.