There is a scene in the movie “Finding Nemo” with a group of seagulls all sitting on posts in the water, with their sights set on a crab for dinner, all calling out, “mine, mine, mine, mine”… the scene makes us laugh because we have all been there at some point. We put ourselves in the place of the sea gull…taking ownership…claiming what’s up for grabs.
When I first read Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”, it felt like taking ownership to me. And why shouldn’t God….He made all of it, and all of us. We DO belong to Him. Then I began thinking about that word ‘belong’. The Contemporary English Version says, “The earth and everything on it, including its people, belong to the Lord. The world and its people belong to Him.”
I have spent a fair amount of my life trying to figure out where I belong. And just about the time I think I have it all figured out – things change. People. Jobs. Organizations. Church. All of those may change in our lifetime. But our soul can be satisfied when we rest in what Psalm 24:1 really means to us. It’s not about God taking ownership…because He made all of it….of course it all belongs to Him. It’s really about belonging. Are you wrestling to find where you belong? In this moment, pause and breathe this in, God says, “you belong to Me”!