Psalm 24 begins by reminding us that God owns everything. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it”. Sometimes we forget this truth. We fall into the mindset that things are ours, or somehow we own something. This is about as clear a sweeping statement of God’s complete and total ownership as you can get. There is no room for interpretation here. God created it. God owns it. Not some of it – every last part of the world belongs to Him. Period, end of story.
SO what does that mean to us? That we are stewards of God’s stuff. He entrusts it to us to use wisely and to care for it – harvest, wealth, and even life itself. It all belongs to God. That makes God the possessor of all things. It isn’t just about things either, it extends to people as we are among those who dwell therein. Our kids belong to God. We belong to God. That should change how we view pretty much everything in life. We get confused about this thinking we belong to ourselves, or our kids are ours, but they too are merely entrusted to us to care for in God’s economy.
God is clear about how this will work. There is a standard He expects. “He who has clean hands and a pure heart…. he will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation”. Clean hands refers to our actions, and a pure heart to our intentions. God expects our actions and intentions to our behavior. It isn’t merely about what we do, but more importantly why we do what we do. And those actions and intentions determine our blessing. If we walk with Him well, we will be blessed indeed.
Blessing can have two different meanings. Sometimes it is a reward that God grants to the obedient; other times it may be the natural result of living according to God’s laws. But in either case, God pours out His blessing in relationship to our actions and intentions. How we live matters. David goes on to praise God. “Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle”! God is not diminished because He chooses to allow man to be steward over what is His. He is almighty and full of glory. We need to worship Him as such!