The Earth Belongs To The Lord Jesus

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.” 
(Psalm 24:1)

Men live on the earth and divide it into countries ruled over by kings. They divide it into states and territories and give them names. They divide the land among themselves into farms and ranches, and issue deeds of ownership.

But the earth is not man’s; it is the LORD’s. He said, “Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine” (Job 41:11). Men are but tenants, subject to eviction at any moment. The great land-owner and sovereign sits in the heavens and laughs at the title deeds of these worms in the dust.

“The fullness thereof” may mean the fullness of it entirety; its wealth, its life, its past, present, and future. The SEA is full of water, despite all the creatures, despite all that feed upon it. The AIR is full, notwithstanding all the lungs that breathe it. The SOIL is full, though billions of trees, plants, and vegetables derive nourishment from it.

All the earth and all that dwell on the earth belong to the Lord Jesus. They are His sons or His servants; they are His sheep or His goats; they are His vessels of mercy of His vessels of wrath; but all are His.

And here is the chief reason, given in verse 2 of the same Psalm: “For He hath founded it.” HE CREATED IT! He has the right to do with His own what He will. O that men would be wise and praise the LORD, kiss the Son, and bow before Him in worship and subjection. “There is no want to them who fear the Lord and wait upon Him.”

Henry Mahan

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