The World Belongs to God

Scripture: Psalm 108:8-9, ‘Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter. Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.’

 

Observations: According to verse 7 this is what God has promised, that he owns the earth, and that he gives it as he chooses. The Psalmist is reminding himself that Gilead, and Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Judah, all belong to God. They didn’t belong to the Canaanites who lived in those places before God gave them to his people, and they don’t really belong to the Israelites either, they belong to God. And that idea is reinforced by the fact that Moab and Edom and Philistia were not part of Israel’s inheritance and yet they too belong to God. The whole earth belongs to God. The Psalmist brings this up because his prayer is that God would deliver his people from their enemies (v6), that he would go out and fight with their armies (v11), and defeat their foes (v13).

 

Application: Often we feel like we are going into enemy territory when we go out to work, or go amongst non-Christians, but the truth is that this world belongs to God. Goodna belongs to God, Camira belongs to God, Springfield belongs to God, Australia belongs to God. We don’t live in a godless world, because this world belongs to God, but we live amongst people that don’t acknowledge God’s rule in their lives. So when you leave home this morning pray that God would go with you, that he would fight on your behalf, that he would defeat the hold of Satan and sin in the lives of the people you meet. Ask God to go before you today.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, this world belongs to You, I’ve always known that, but Lord, so often I don’t act like I believe it. Lord, I act as if I’m stepping out into a place where you aren’t, but there is nowhere that You aren’t already there. So Lord, as I step out into Your world today, may I be aware of Your presence, not only with me, but in every situation I find myself in. Lord, open my eyes to see how I might join You in the work that You are doing in people’s lives. Protect me from the real enemy, form Satan and the temptations of the world, form my own sinful desires. Help me be a light, that people might see Your glory and acknowledge Your Sovereign rule. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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