The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
“Those who dwell within” means God owns me…I am so glad he treats me like his beloved son…
Genesis 1:26 tells us we are made in the “image” of God. This is an unusual word in Hebrew, connected to the concept of “shade.” We are a shadow of God’s glory, and this is a helpful metaphor of our impact as God bearers in the world. Who comes into our shade is to be blessed as they are in God’s presence.