1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
A perfect prayer for our Perfect Landlord.
When I was in college I would often get the opportunity to housesit for my mom’s fancy friends. They had fancy homes in fancy hills with fancy cars and the fanciest bathrooms I have ever seen. They’d even leave money for me in a fancy jar in the fancy kitchen for groceries. Looking back I realize that when you get free reign over something so wonderful like that you treat it like it’s yours. It didn’t enter my mind to trash the place, steal anything, or break something. The owners hadn’t withheld anything from me; the whole place was mine to enjoy. I liked staying there even though none of it was mine. I appreciated my hosts very much who even paid me for living there. It may have been a very different experience if they limited me to one room, locked everything else away, and hired security to keep an eye on me. That probably would have made me curious to the point of disobedience. But when someone out of kindness liberally and graciously shares all they have, the result is appreciation and satisfaction.
The earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord (Psalm 24:1), but he liberally and graciously has held nothing back. Everything is his, but we get to use it. God holds nothing back regardless of what the Enemy told Adam and Eve in the Garden. We do live in God’s kingdom – his Creation. And he wants us to enjoy it and dwell in it out of his kindness. He did not design this place for us to fear it, worship it, take advantage of it, or declare it off limits. And people who are grateful to their Host don’t trash the place either. We guard it as our very own while at the same time enjoy every single bit of it.
There are so many beautiful places here. And I love our home and our yard, the mountains outside our backyard, the dairy down the street, and our garden. I am so thankful with what you have entrusted to me to take care of because you bless me and share all that you have for my physical, spiritual, and emotional well being. I love you so much and just can’t thank you enough for all you graciously share with me, and I pray in Jesus name, amen.