MAY 29

Read | Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,

    the world, and all who live in it;

for he founded it on the seas

    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?

    Who may stand in his holy place?

The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,

    who does not trust in an idol

    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord

    and vindication from God their Savior.

Such is the generation of those who seek him,

    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, you gates;

    be lifted up, you 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, you gates;

    lift them up, you ancient doors,

    that the King of glory may come in.

Who is he, this King of glory?

    The Lord Almighty—

    he is the King of glory.

Respond | Tom Dearduff

What do you think about when we proclaim that “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it”? Things of grandeur come to my mind: the rumble of a distant avalanche in the Andes, the roar of lions at night in the Kalahari Desert, the dance of the Northern Lights over the snowscapes of Iceland—as if God is proved through the extraordinary events that I observe! It is so regretfully easy to disassociate ourselves from this extraordinariness and, in turn, forget the intimacy with which God longs for relationship with us. Rather, when we think of the Lord, the earth, and everything in it, let us foremost think of humanity, for “though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet [God’s] unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor [God’s] covenant of peace be removed” (Isaiah 54:10). 

 

I love the song “Saturn” by Sleeping At Last, in which is repeated the line, “the universe was made just to be seen by my eyes.” We can spend all day marveling at the sights and sounds that overwhelm us. But it is through a mirror that we will see the thing that should cause in us even greater awe, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). See, “Saturn” ends with, “How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist.” Neither mountain nor desert nor snowscape is beyond us. How rare and beautiful we are! 

 

Micah 1:4 says, “the mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope.” But, as John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Through the love of God, we outlast this earth and everything in it; we have received eternal life.

 

Holy Spirit, more than the things that surround us, overwhelm us by dwelling within us. Let us humbly recognize the beautiful truth that we are vessels through which the kingdom of God is brought more fully into this world. You created the heavens and the earth, so that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

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