Patricia K. Tull is the A. B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author, most recently, of Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis, an exploration of the ways which the Bible can inform our conversations about environmental issues and challenges, and help us chart a way forward through the coming climate crisis.
Humans have grown exponentially in our propensity and power to conquer the earth itself. Despite being newcomers relative to neighboring species, humans usually behave as if we owned the place. But Psalm 95 speaks clearly: When we come into God’s presence—and there is no place God is more vividly present to us than in creation’s midst—the psalm says to come with thanksgiving, the polar opposite of greed.