Dear Church family,
I was doing one of my stoplight devotionals this morning—that is when I read one of the scriptures I’ve printed on an index card that I keep in my car’s cup holder; yes, while at a stoplight.
Anyway, today’s scripture was Psalm 24. The entire psalm is shared below but it’s first line is what has caught me. It reads, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it…”

This is the phrase that has remained with me, working on my heart and pushing my faith. Trusting and believing and living this scripture means at least three things:

First, it means we must hold lightly.
We are neither the Creator, nor are we the Savior. This world is God’s and not ours. All of our stuff—our homes, our money, even our family and friends—all of it is not ours. We are, at most, borrowing it from God. This scripture asks us to hold lightly.

Second, it means we must hold closely.
Just as we are loosening our grip on the control and power we think we have, trusting that the earth and its people are Gods, demands that we hold them more closely to us. People trapped in rubble in an earthquake are not just Mexicans; they are also people who are the Lord’s. Because of that simple truth, we hold people, we hold this planet, more closely than we otherwise might have.

Finally, it means we must hold fast.
We live in difficult times. And so has anyone who has ever lived. Just this month we have seen genocide in Myanmar, missile launches from North Korea, hurricanes, earthquakes, and on and on. With so much sadness and fear, we call ourselves back to this scripture for the earth IS the Lord’s and all that is in it. It is the Lord who created it. It is the Lord who will save it. He has promised us this and he keeps his promises. So, as people who trust him, we hold fast.

May Christ’s peace be with you this day, Tasha

Psalm 24
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
    and established it on the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
    and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory. Selah