Green Space Psalms

What Does the Green Space Psalms Mean?

The psalmists, no doubt, had read the creation myths found in the Book of Genesis. They used their knowledge of the importance of green space and nature to connect to their audience.

Many of the lines composed of the psalmists used green space and nature to enforce the belief that their God was sovereign.

Examples of this include:

1. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
 Let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 57:11

2. By your strength you established the mountains;
 you are girded with might.
Psalm 65:6

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

4. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Psalm 100:1

5. You set the earth on its foundations,
 so that it shall never be shaken.
Psalm 104:5

6. The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
  the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
Psalm 14:16

7. The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
 the world, and those who live in it;
Psalm 24:1

The psalmists also used the imagery of green space and nature to provide the people with hope. This hope was found in the knowledge that their God was always with them. Examples of this include:

1. But I am like a green olive tree
 in the house of God.
    I trust in the steadfast love of God
        forever and ever.
Psalm 52:8

2. You sweep them [mortals] away; they are like a dream,
 like grass that is renewed in the morning;
    in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
 in the evening it fades and withers.
Psalm 90:5-6

3.  He makes me lie down in green pastures
Psalm 23:2

The psalmists provided the people with hope by reminding them that God was sovereign and was with them. They did this by using images of green space and nature to convey the presence of the sacred (God) and sacred space.

Note: all text is from the New Revised Standard Version