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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:
1 The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it,the world, and those who live in it;2 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.