The Earth is the Lord’s

by Mike Ratliff

The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.  (Psalm 89:11 ESV)

In our post The Way The Truth and The Life a few days ago in this video, it was made very clear that the real work done via Diaprax by Leadership Network and those it sponsors such as Rick Warren is done in the background in a way that will not be obvious to the Church. Why? It is done this way because what is being done can only be accomplished via deception. If these people were upfront with what they were trying to accomplish, it would be stopped cold. However, we are now in a stage in their process where we see the carnage of apostasy with local church after local church all across this globe going the way of man-focused seeker-sensitivity, losing their eternal focus, and along with that, the Gospel itself. Remember that this was accomplished as a fruit of deceit. In the New Testament, the word that is translated from the Greek as “deceit” is δόλος or dolos. Our Lord Jesus lists δόλος as one of the sins that come out of the human heart in Mark 7:22. He stated about Nathanael that there is no δόλος in him in John 1:47. Paul and Peter also include δόλος in their list of vices (Romans 1:29; 1 Peter 2:1). Let’s face it, δόλος is serious to those who truly fear God. Of course, to those who have no fear of God, so what, right? Let’s take a closer look. 

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah  (Psalm 24 ESV)

Who owns it all? It is the Lord’s earth, all of it, including those who dwell therein (v1). Let’s focus on vv3-5).

Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive  blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  (Psalm 24:3-5 ESV)

This is very clear. Not everyone will ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place. Those who do are those who are true Christians, those who are truly in Christ whose sins are covered by His blood for they have clean hands and pure hearts. They are regenerate and, therefore, they walk in repentance and so have turned from the works of the flesh to walk according to the works of the Spirit. Therefore, they do not lift up their soul to what is false (false worship, false religion, et cetera) nor do they swear deceitfully. In other words, they take on Christ’s character, He had no δόλος in him and those who take on Christlikeness have none either. They do not operate under the radar with the philosophy of “The ends justify the means.” No, that is deceitful and is a mark of the enemy of our souls.

The following is from C.H. Spurgeon in reference to Psalm 24:4:

Outward practical holiness is a very precious mark of grace. It is to be feared that many professors have perverted the doctrine of justification by faith in such a way as to treat good works with contempt; if so, they will receive everlasting contempt at the last great day. If our hands are not clean, let us wash them in Jesus’ precious blood, and so let us lift up pure hands unto God. But “clean hands”will not suffice, unless they are connected with “a pure heart.” True religion is heart-work. We may wash the outside of the cup and the platter as long as we please, but if the inward parts be filthy, we are filthy altogether in the sight of God, for our hearts are more truly ourselves than our hands are; the very life of our being lies in the inner nature, and hence the imperative need of purity within. The pure in heart shall see God, all others are but blind bats.

The man who is born for heaven “hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity.” All men have their joys, by which their souls are lifted up; the worldling lifts up his soul in carnal delights, which are mere empty vanities; but the saint loves more substantial things; like Jehoshaphat, he is lifted up in the ways of the Lord. He who is content with husks, will be reckoned with the swine. Does the world satisfy thee? Then thou hast thy reward and portion in this life; make much of it, for thou shalt know no other joy.

“Nor sworn deceitfully.” The saints are men of honour still. The Christian man’s word is his only oath; but that is as good as twenty oaths of other men. False speaking will shut any man out of heaven, for a liar shall not enter into God’s house, whatever may be his professions or doings. Reader, does the text before us condemn thee, or dost thou hope to ascend into the hill of the Lord? – C.H. Spurgeon

Examine yourselves my brethren. Are you serving our dear Lord with pure motives? Do you have clean hands and a pure heart or are you a pretender? I was rebuked once by an Emergent fellow for a post I wrote on how the Christian must properly walk through this life in the fear of God. He said that there was no reason to fear God for God was Love. No matter what Biblical proof I used to show him the judgment that awaits, he would not listen. Unbelief is indeed an amazing thing to behold.

Soli Deo Gloria!

10 thoughts on “The Earth is the Lord’s

  1. “The fear of the LORD is clean,
    enduring for ever:
    the judgments of the LORD are true
    and righteous altogether.”
    Psalm 19, verse 9 KJV
    It seems that years ago, when Pastors preached about the fear of God, sin, and judgment, the population did indeed have a fear of God…which is one reason that crime and villany were less than today.
    Consider the “fruit” of soft preaching, which our apostate church members have brought us, and our children must live in. Mike, you’ve hit it on the head with this one.

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  2. Hi Mike,
    Thank you for this, and for further explaining the fear of the Lord. Psalm 24 is one of my favorite Pslams because as you go through the verses you see so much of who God is: the creator, His sovereignty as owner of the whole earth and every soul, His holiness, His mercy and grace, His justice, His ruling as a king with power and glory.
    Bless you!

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  3. This text and Spurgeon’s words should be taken by the believer as warning. There is a line, and it is hard for men to judge other men here and we probably can’t except “by their fruits YOU shall know them”. That does not mean absolutely if the fruit isn’t evident to us that they are positively not saved for we can not see the heart. But it does give us something to judge by and rebuke and discipline by.

    I love the underlying question that is present in so much of the Puritan writings. Where is your love for God or how much do you love God? Are we living by and in the Spirit or the flesh and if by the flesh-why? Where is our love if Christ is living in us? Are we relying on cheap grace or think that grace is without effect? That we can get our ticket punched yet not seek God and be changing into His likeness more and more? What does the verses mean that he who perseveres to the end will be saved? Persevere in what? Can we live like the world except for some moral goodness and still be saved by grace? Where is the line between grace and the effects of grace in the redeemed if the fruit is not seemingly present? Is it a matter of rewards in heaven only? Some food for thought and discussion for I wrestle with these questions when I see what so many lives in the church’s are like.

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  4. Ah, what a marvellous passage. Excellent assessment Mike as always.
    How can people say that we shouldn’t fear God, when he himself tells us too so much in the word. I was afraid of my parents alot as a child, but I had a good childhood and was very close to them. I knew they loved me and I loved them. I always remember someone I know saying that their parents were very liberal, ( much like the helagian ideal) they had no limits to their freedom. That would sound ideal to many teenagers. However, they said that actually it left them feeling uncared for and neglected.
    At a Home ed group I go to, there have been some problems with trouble between the children ( bullying). The Helagian Dialectic rules in that community! They ecouraged the children to sit in a circle to discuss and everyone got a chance to say their bit.The funny thing is that the children came to the conclusion that they wanted some finite rules about behaviour and an adult present at all times in the playground to be accountable to ! He, he; quite far from the dialectic non absolutes. These were conclusions that most of their ‘liberal’ parents would never have promoted. It just goes to show that despite their ‘new age’ environment, these children have not yet been brain washed from the preferences God has inbuilt in all of us.
    Needless to say, our family don’t really fit in anywhere. Not with the ‘new age’ thinking of our friends in the Home ed community. Not with the ’emergent’ thinking of our local churches and ‘christian’ community, (much the same thing). Not with the hedionistic/humanistic/communist thinking of the secular society!! Hallelujah we don’t belong, ‘if we were of this world, it would love us as its own’.

    Thanks Mike.

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  5. Fiona, God’s ways and man’s ways are not the same. The Helagian Dialectic nonsense may look like a way to utopia, but it is based upon a flawed assumption, that is, that man is basically good. Nope, sorry. Since the fall in Genesis 3 and our separation from God, we have been in the flesh and controlled by it. It is wicked and there is nothing good in it. I am so grateful that God rescued me along with His elect from this abysmal whirlpool of shame and pending judgment. He has opened our eyes and, yes, we no longer belong in this lost and dying world system.

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  6. That video was an eye opener with a wealth of information. Thanks for the link. The apostasy is growing by leaps and bounds these days. Those birth pains are with no breaks in between. I can’t imagine it being that long from now before Jesus returns. The ride is getting more bumpy too.

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