I remember when I started my first job at the age of 14. I worked as a busboy at a restaurant, and saved all of my earnings to purchase a brand new pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses. I valued them because I had worked so hard to purchase them. They belonged to me, and I took care of them. So much so that I still have that same pair of sunglasses to this day—fifteen years later!
As we look to today’s verse, there are two distinct facts about God made in this declaration: Everything belongs to God, and everything comes from God. Everything, voluntarily or involuntarily, is under His authority—and He is the owner and keeper of all things. When I think about the possessions I own, and how exceptionally I take care of them, I can’t help but wonder how much more God takes care of everything which He owns. I mean 15 years is how long I’ve taken care of a measly pair of sunglasses. Eternity, a concept far greater than our minds can comprehend, is how long God has taken care of His possessions.
When I consider all of this, His greatness, power, glory, splendor and majesty, I find that I have no other choice but to praise Him. Praise is an external picture of the gratitude we feel in our heart when we ponder the power and glory of our God.