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The growth of fear.

Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

Psalm 104: 25-26, NIV

Whether or not Leviathan and Behemoth were actual creatures in biblical times is of little consequence to understanding the Bible writer's mention of them. So. for the moment, let's leave the debate about their identity to the academics. As a proponent of the young earth creation theory and with a high view of Scripture I tend to take biblical accounts literally. However, those arguments often lead us on detours that miss the destination of understanding the Bible. Let's set that aside for now.

Like many of the Psalms, Psalm 104 is a hymn of praise to God. The very first verse sets the theme of declaring God's greatness---

Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great.

The remaining thirty-four verses are a listing of God's comparative greatness. Each element of creation depicts the splendor and majesty of the One who spoke them into existence. In verses 25-26, printed above, he mentions the sea. In my own heart it's placement communicates a profound message beyond the words: it is the last, and perhaps greatest act of creation on David's list. With such limited knowledge of the heavens and the stars at that time, the sea may have been the largest element of creation observable to man. After this list of the magnificent creative order, King David's thoughts turn to the sea---

Here is the sea, great and wide.

That Leviathan is mentioned has diverted Bible scholars for generations. What is this creature. Again, the answer is academic for me. Whether Leviathan is a dragon, sea monster, whale, giant sea snake, or a crocodile is of little consequence. One, this huge creature was created to "play" in God's sea. And, two, this creature is nothing compared to God.

The vitamin sea I need today is the reminder that nothing in this life minimizes or reduces the God who created everything, owns everything, sustains everything, and loves even me. It's incredible how this human mind can grow and expand the challenges of every day. That monster under the bed gets bigger the longer i cringe. The financial mountain over there grows by the moment. The family emergency reaches unfathomable proportions as the clock ticks. Every obstacle, whether at home, in the office, at church, or in the world at large gets bigger when nourished by my over-active mind. They are always bigger than me.

But, never bigger than God. The growth of fear is one of those human attributes we discover early in life. Somewhere in the process of maturity and growth, especially for believers, we must learn that our God is great, overshadowing the growth of fear that travels with us throughout life.


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