Psalm 89:11 – The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it — you have founded them.
When I was a child, when a rival taunted me, I would have retreated to my yard, warning them not to trespass, I might have fled inside my house, considering it a fortress controlled by my family.
But one year water oozed across our yard from a spring in the corner of a neighbor’s yard. When our family and another neighbor channeled the water across our yards to flow into a drainage pipe I began to understand how our properties are interconnected.
The Psalmist orients our understanding of property away from a child’s understanding of “mine”, beyond the adult concept of interconnections, to one of divine stewardship. I do not own the house where I live, the yard atop where it stands (not even with the bank). Instead I get to hold this corner of the earth in trust from God.
How does acknowledging divine ownership change how we maintain our homes?