24O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
25So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
29Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
30Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
Riches of God
Who owns the earth? Who owns the skies? Who owns the planets in our solar system and beyond? Who owns the sun, and the moon and the stars? Psalms 104 has beautifully described God's creation, and, yes, it is His. All that we can see and beyond, are part of the riches of God.
As our Creator, God did not put everything in place and then walk away to do the same thing in another area of the huge expanse of stars. This earth is the Lord's--lovingly created by His own hand, dressed and kept by the power of His will.
Man has been given dominion of the earth by God, but God's ownership is still paramount. All of the creatures of this earth, large and small, cry out to God for food. God opens His hand and they are filled with good. When He hides His face, so to speak, they are troubled, and when He takes away their breath they die. In their place, God sends His spirit and more are created, for God renews the face of the earth.
That is not necessarily a description that is entirely pleasing to man. We do not like to think of all power being in the hands of God with seemingly none left for man. The "god" we would choose would be more suited to our liking, giving more control to man and only interfering when we deem it to be good.
What foolish creatures we are! Everything we have and everything we are, has been given to us by God. The talents and abilities we show are indications that we are made in the image of God. To each one God gives unique understanding, but none can come close to approaching their Creator.
If God opens our eyes to understand, we realize how foolish our arrogance is before Him. How precious is our relationship with our Creator who does not create us and let us flounder, but rather guides and keeps us all of the days we live on this earth. Though our troubles may seem to increase, the child of God grows closer and closer to the Lord, and lives with a greater amount of peace and contentment.
That is the secret that Satan does not want man to understand. Just as he did in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, he is still approaches us saying, "Has God really said that? Why He just does not want you to know what He knows." Those who fall prey to Satan's devices, though their lives may seem easier, are filled with a growing emptiness and discontent.
As we go about the duties of this day, let us pray that we will rest quietly in the hands of God, knowing that He orders all things. Let us not be filled with desire and greed for greater things, but let us rest in the riches of God. He is our Father, and He owns everything!
God Bless You,