One of the most profound truths in any psalm is the verse that begins the 24th Psalm:
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
Man’s relationship to God and to God’s creation is starkly and beautifully put in this humbling, respectful and poetic way.
Man isn’t mentioned. Neither are butterflies, smolts or scorpions—or any other specific pieces of the fabric that knits all life in the world together.
People who inhabit the earth are here as a part of the Lord’s creation, and he founded it “on the seas and established it on the waters,” a biological truth taught by science and scripture.
Ownership is not man’s for we are but stewards of the Lord’s creation. We are in it and of it —not above it.
The Lord is above it, and, the psalm asks and answers “who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?”
Those with clean hands, a pure heart and who worship no idols or false god, a tall order.
Most of us will be imagining God. Most will be praying, unknowing and unseeing.
We should lift up our heads and our gates and doors that the Lord may come in.
We are a part of God's creation and should look up.
We are but knots in the fabric that clothes creation.
We are a flash on the runway of life.