Psalm 24 (Listen)

24:1   The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
    the world and those who dwell therein,
  for he has founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
  Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
  He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to what is false
    and does not swear deceitfully.
  He will receive blessing from the LORD
    and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
  Such is the generation 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 this King of glory?
    The LORD, strong and mighty,
    the LORD, mighty in battle!
  Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And lift them 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




Devotional:

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). 

Really? Everything belongs to God? All who live on earth? You may be thinking, “But my name is on the mortgage, credit cards and bills. These are my kids, pets, and cars.” But according to Psalm 24, everything really does belong to God, so we need to acknowledge the true owner of all we enjoy and realize our role as stewards of what God entrusts to us. We may also need a change of mindset, starting with humility and repentance for thinking we own it all. It can be very liberating to relinquish control to the rightful owner. Pray today for God’s guidance to help you be a better steward of His resources so one day you will hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).