What Does Psalm 24:1 Mean?

The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

Psalm 24:1(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Psalm 24 prepares us for the magnificent entrance of the King of Glory into the great city of Jerusalem. We are reminded that this coming King of glory is the eternal Lord of Hosts. He is the great Creator and invisible Sustainer of the universe and He is the One to Whom all the inhabitants of the earth belong.

The very first verse makes an incredible statement about the ownership of the world and everything contained within it boundaries, "The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof." The world and all those who dwell in it, belong to the God of our Salvation. "The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains," is David's bold pronouncement. The world belongs to God, together with all those who dwell within its borders.

A brief reflection on the first chapter of Genesis reminds us of the incredible significance of this simple statement, for by the word of His mouth the earth was spoken into being as the Sprit of God hovered over the darkness... on the face of the deep. And light and darkness, day and night, dry land and sea, heaven and earth, sun and moon, and the construction of the great domed firmament that divides the waters above from the water below, was assembled with supernatural precision.

No wonder the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy when earth's foundations were laid, the seas burst from the womb of the morning, and the chains of the Pleiades were secured. But herbs and grass, fruit and trees, birds of the air, fish of the sea, and every living creature soon filled the earth and were instructed to be fruitful and multiply. Man was also told to be fruitful and multiply and was given dominion over the whole earth. He was built from the dust of the earth in the image and likeness of God - Who breathed His own life into the heart of man.

David was right to praise the Lord and ponder over the magnificence of His Person and plans. He was correct to acknowledge the sovereignty of God and greatness of His Being. Let us never forget to rejoice that the earth and everything in it... the world and all its inhabitants, belong to the Lord. Let us remember that He was the One Who laid the foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers.

Let us never forget that He is the immortal, invisible God Who has set eternity in the hearts of all His people and that by faith in His only begotten Son we have the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You that You are the great King of glory and Lord of hosts Who created the world and everything in it. May I never forget to rejoice that my name is written in heaven, for You are my Maker and Redeemer and by the blood of Christ I have been saved. Praise Your Holy name, AMEN.

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