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Friday, July 16, 2010

A Collection of Bible Verses on the Environment from Psalms

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars that you have established;
What are human beings that your are mindful of them,
Mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8:3-4)

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:9)

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
And the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard;
Yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world (Psalm 19:1-4)

All the ends of the earth shall remember
And turn to the Lord;
And all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
And he rules over all the nations (Psalm 22:27-28)

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
The world, and those who live in it;
For he has founded it on the seas,
And established it on the rivers (Psalm 24:1-2)

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The Lord, over mighty waters (Psalm 29:3-4)

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him (Psalm 33:8).

Come, behold the works of the Lord (Psalm 46:8)

For God is king of all the earth;
Sing praises with a psalm (Psalm 47:7)

Every wild animal of the forest is mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the air,
And all that moves in the field is mine (Psalm 50:9-11)

O God of our salvation;
You are the hope of all the ends of the earth
And of the farthest seas.
By your strength your established the mountains,
You are girded with might (Psalm 65:5-6)

You visit the earth and water it,
You greatly enrich it;
The river of God is full of water...
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
The hills gird themselves with joy,
The meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
The valleys deck themselves with grain,
They shout and sing together for joy (Psalm 65:9, 12-13)

All the earth worships you;
They sing praises to you,
Sing praises to your name (Psalm 66:4)

Let heaven and earth praise him,
The seas and everything that moves in them (Psalm 69:34)

Yet God my King is from of old,
Working salvation in the earth (Psalm 74:12)

Even the sparrow finds a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young,
At your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God (Psalm 84:3)

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

The Lord is King, he is robed in majesty;
The Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world;
It shall never be moved (Psalm 93:1)

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
The heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
And the dry land, which his hands have formed (Psalm 95:4-5)

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
Let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy (Psalm 96:11-12)

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
Let the many coastlands be glad! (Psalm 97:1)

Let the floods clap their hands;
Let the hills sing together for joy
At the presence of the Lord (Psalm 98:8-9)

Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of your hands (Psalm 102:25)

1Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
 2Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
 3Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
 4Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
 5Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
 6Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
 7At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
 8They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
 9Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
 10He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
 11They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
 12By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
 13He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
 14He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
 15And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
 16The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
 17Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
 18The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
 19He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
 20Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
 21The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
 22The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
 23Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
 24O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
 25So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
 26There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
 27These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
 28That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
 29Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
 30Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
 31The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
 32He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
 33I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
 34My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
 35Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalm 104

He it is who makes the clouds rise at the ends of the earth;
He makes lightnings for the rain
And brings out the wind from his storehouses Psalm 135:7

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
       His love endures forever.
 2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
       His love endures forever.
 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
       His love endures forever.
 4 to him who alone does great wonders,
       His love endures forever.
 5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
       His love endures forever.
 6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
       His love endures forever.
 7 who made the great lights—
       His love endures forever.
 8 the sun to govern the day,
       His love endures forever.
 9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
       His love endures forever.
Psalm 136: 1-9

7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
         Sing praises on the harp to our God,
 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds,
         Who prepares rain for the earth,
         Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
 9 He gives to the beast its food,
         And to the young ravens that cry.Psalm 147:7-9

Praise the LORD!
         Praise the LORD from the heavens;
         Praise Him in the heights!
 2 Praise Him, all His angels;
         Praise Him, all His hosts!
 3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
         Praise Him, all you stars of light!
 4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
         And you waters above the heavens!
 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
         For He commanded and they were created.
 6 He also established them forever and ever;
         He made a decree which shall not pass away.
 7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
         You great sea creatures and all the depths;
 8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
         Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
 9 Mountains and all hills;
         Fruitful trees and all cedars;
 10 Beasts and all cattle;
         Creeping things and flying fowl;
 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Psalm 148:1-11

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6)

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+