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Psalm 24 has three unrelated sections: vv. 1-2, 3-6 and 7-10. So also J. Goldingay: Psalms 1.

The ecological theme of so many of us today, the green theme, jumps out of Psalm 24’s first two verses, and these two verses lay claim to a theology of how to comprehend the world in which we live. Here are the psalmist’s words:

The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it; 
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.

The words are not difficult or tricky. God created the world. God designed the world to prop up on its foundations: it rests (or floats) on seas and rivers. God appointed Adam and Eve as his vice-regent Eikons who are to govern this world. But no matter what our authority in this world, it is God’s world, not ours. Exploitation, manipulation, and disrespect come under the severest criticism here. The fundamental sin against God as Creator is to usurp God’s role and think we are sovereign over this created world.

Psa. 24:0   Of David. A Psalm. 
The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it; 
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
  
Psa. 24:3     Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place? 
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully. 
They will receive blessing from the LORD,
and vindication from the God of their salvation. 
Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
  
Psa. 24:7     Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in. 
Who is the King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle. 
Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted 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
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