Reflections on Deuteronomy 10:14

Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. 

I visited Big Bend National Park around the time I was memorizing this verse. It continues to amaze me how a verse in its entirety can seem unimpressive or can be read with little effect, while a smaller part of it can be magnificent. These examples from previous verses come to mind:

My soul finds rest in God alone. (Psalm 62:1)
Come to me. (Matthew 11:28)
Love builds up. (1 Corinthians 8:1)
The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. (John 14:26)
His divine power has given us everything we need. (2 Peter 1:3)

Perhaps the truth of the entire verse is too large to hold in mind all at once, and therefore has little effect, but a part of it is more manageable, and therefore is staggering. For this verse this was the idea that stuck out:

The earth with all that is in it belongs to God.

How many things that includes! Having recently been on top of a mountain, I am gobsmacked to think that everything that I could see from the top, for miles and miles around, belongs to God.

Isn't it a little contradictory to the normal way we think to acknowledge that even one small thing we own, such as a shirt, a pair of shoes, a pillow, a pair of sunglasses, a truck, that even just that one thing belongs not to us, but to God? 

This revelation has a cascade, as you realize that not just that one thing, but this other thing, and all of your things, and all of your family's things, and all of your friends things, and all of the things that belong to all the people you don't know.

Even at that point, we are still only talking about the things on the earth. The claim of this verse is that the ownership of God extends beyond the earth to the edge of all things, that there is not a single thing that is that does not belong to God. 

This is a fact worth meditating on: there is nothing you will ever experience that you cannot say of with truth that it belongs to God.