Well, I hope you’re able to stay cool. We’re in the heart of the summer now and where I am currently vacationing (San Antonio TX) it’s been a little toasty. One way to stay cool is to be sure to take the time to read God’s word and find a few moments to meditate on it — especially on today’s reading.
Before we dive into the meat of these psalms, a word about Leviathan mentioned in Psalm 104 as a creature of the LORD. No one knows exactly what Leviathan was. He is described as ferocious, powerful, and sea dwelling among other things (Job 41:1-34). Given the evidence available that dinosaurs (dragons) and men really did coexist it is possible that Leviathan is a sea dwelling dinosaur that the Bible describes as the biggest and most fearsome creature of the Creator. Behemoth (described in Job 40:15-24) is a vegetation eating, land dwelling animal likewise of enormous size with a large strong tail — is likely a land-dwelling dinosaur. I make mention of these things, not only to make a point against evolution, but also to impress the point that God is the Creator of these fabulous beasts.
“O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.” Psalms 104:24, NAS95. As impressive as the dinosaurs are they are only one of millions of fascinating and jaw-dropping things that God has created from nothing. The more that science discovers, the more impressive are God’s works! If you’ve not read the book, Darwin’s Black Box by Behe, do so. Although it is a sort of complicated book, do yourself a huge favor and plow through it anyway and open yourself up to wonder after wonder that is clearly God designed.
Lastly, we’ll consider both Psalm 105 and 106, because they may be deliberately connected. Psalm 105 is a wonderful review of the story of the patriarch through the Exodus of Israel, and it ends with: “So that they might keep His statutes And observe His laws, Praise the LORD!” Psalms 105:45, NAS95. This verse is the “kicker” for the wonderful retelling of the Exodus and conquest of Canaan, which, however, can be sadly linked in Psa. 106:6,7! This placement of Psa. 105 and 106 is either a clever, deliberate placement or an interesting coincidence — my bet is on a deliberate placement, so that we see how God blesses and how we can mess things up. Is there not a lesson for us? How blessed are you? Have you responded in proper obedience?
See you tomorrow, Lord willing.