The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Psalm 24:1 NIV
Skyrocketing prices on just about everything in Canada are forcing more Canadians to make tough decisions, leaving even middle-class families to choose between buying the food they need and paying their bills. A recent survey from Food Banks Canada found that nearly one in five Canadians reported going hungry over the last two years. With the war in Ukraine contributing to the largest cost-of-living crisis of the 21st century, according to a United Nations report released last year, even families in wealthier countries are feeling the squeeze.
The weather report this morning was as concerning as ever – yet another massive rain storm on the west coast, causing devastating flooding and mud slides. As concerning as the weather reports often are these days, the news reports are even more sleep-depriving. So many are finding it challenging to cope with it all. I have good news. Listen to what King David writes in Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” David wasn’t writing in a vacuum, and the world in which he lived was as dangerous, perhaps even more so, than now. Catastrophes happened – weather calamities, earthquakes, wars, murder. As king, he often saw his people suffering. How, then, can David make this sweeping statement? King David understood the toll that sin had taken on the world and on each individual on the planet. He also understood that God is still ruler and the world is still His. One day He will make all things right. And even now, He cares for those He created and as they – we – put our trust in Him, we can count on His presence and care.
These have been words from the heart.