Psalm 24 does not forget where we come from. “The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its people.” The earth comes first. God has “set it on the seas, on the waters he made it firm.”
The earth was created before us, and we depend on it for life. Its minerals, its water, its plant life sustain us. We are its fullness.
We’re called to climb the mountain of the Lord, to stand in his holy place, to share in his glory. We go with the gifts of creation.
We have received blessings from the Lord, to seek him, to seek the face of the God of Jacob. Let’s not forget how many of those blessings come from the earth, so let us care for it. The earth shares in the promise made to us.
The UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) takes place in Glasgow, Scotland October 31-November 12. 197 countries have agreed to a framework for dealing with climate change. Scientists say we have about a decade to deal with fuel emissions due to the Industrial Revolution that began in the 18th century. Yet, the human response to this threat to the earth is inadequate thus far. Over 20,000 people, government officials, scientists, interested parties, will attend the conference.
Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.