Just been doing my morning reflections – I’m currently working my way through the Psalms in order. It’s a really interesting journey if all you’ve ever done is dipped in and out, particularly with the famous ones!
My Psalm this morning was 24 – and the first couple of verses made me stop and think for a moment:
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
What made me stop and think was thinking about our ecological responsibilities. Now, I know we have a stewardship responsibility (as instructed in Genesis and inherently present throughout the whole of scripture) but a new way of thinking about the whole environmental thing dawned. It’s not probably new for anyone else…but bear with me!
If we believe that God created everything that we see and know, if we truly believe that, then stewardship of God’s creation, earth, is not only a duty but an act of worship. This isn’t about getting into pantheism (literally that God is in everything…the thing that makes people worship creation itself, not the creator) but that in seeking to protect that which God gave us, we come to respond to and understand something of grace, something of the great mystery of God’s eternal interaction with humanity. God gave without limit in his creation, as he did even more importantly through Jesus…humanity’s interaction with God is defined by his continuing willingness to give to us despite our response, and our deep inability to simply accept his gift.
Just a thought I had…