Literally. The Psalmist says, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world.” (1Sa 2:8) The Lord Himself who spoke the universe into being, set the world on the foundations of the earth. And when He pronounced DAY and NIGHT, He set the world in motion, alternating its face toward the light.
The very purpose of our existence seems to be love. God made us because He desired, not out of want or need, but for His good pleasure to make beings who could love Him, who would admire all the great things He has done, and call upon the Name of the Lord. For love, God made the world and everything in it. For love of the creature that He would create, that He knew would reject Him, and for whom He knew He would send His Son, whom we know as Jesus Christ, into the world. And it is for love that Jesus will come again to take His own home with Him and establish a New Heavens and a New Earth.
When you think about God’s love, or even better, feel God’s love for you, how do you respond? Do you ever feel enveloped by God’s love for you or wish that you did? God’s love for you cannot be measured. Remember, He made the whole universe, and it stretches beyond our understanding. And all of this so that you would one day gaze up into the heavens with the wonder of a child, inspired by the God who made you. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” We respond by saying, “How great is our God!” Our love for God is expressed through prayer, worship, gratitude, obedience, and witness. If you’ve been feeling far from God lately, check your discipleship in these areas.
I want to encourage you to love. There is a tightrope of love that God treads on as He relates to us, balancing His love on the one hand and His justice on the other. We will see our very creation conditioned on love for our Creator. May we turn to the great love God has expressed to us through His Son, so our response to that love is as disciples of Jesus Christ.