Psalms 48: Does Everything Belong to God?
Psalms 48 is a pretty interesting chapter because most of it sets out to talk about how great the city of Jerusalem is. However, the reason that the city is great is because it is the city of God. We can see that established right from the first verse.
Psa 48:1 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
Notice that this city is viewed as a possession of God. It is not described as a city where God is allowed into the Temple or the churches (I realize that churches are anachronisms). It is a city that is entirely described as belonging to God.
I pointed this out because I think it is a healthy perspective. There are things that seem like they don’t really belong to God. I personally don’t happen to own a city. As a result, I seem to think about how maybe things directly involved with me can and should belong to God, but I don’t always think about everything belonging to God. I sometimes think that things that belong to people who are not Christians might not be possessions of God. I think about churches belonging to God for obvious reasons, but I don’t necessarily think about restaurants or supermarkets belonging to God especially if people who are not Christians are running them. I have thought that mainly, if things are run by the people of God, then they belong to God, but if they are not managed by those people, then they don’t.
All of that thinking is wrong. I don’t know why, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around this kind of absolute control. Maybe I have a hard time with this because I think that some things are more “worldly” and don’t really receive that kind of attention from God. However, the Bible is clear that absolutely everything belongs to God.
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Psa 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Deu 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.
Everything on earth belongs to God. He has given us so much, and we need to remember to be grateful for that. Remember that churches are special houses of worship for God and it is great that businesses or organizations run by Christians dedicate everything they do to time people about Jesus, but also keep in mind that everything else belongs to God as well. The entire city or by extension world belongs to God whether or not His name is literally written on the sign in front of it.