The poem of creation in Genesis 1 sings of the marvels of God creating a universe filled with incredible creatures. It’s not a scientific tract but a joyful song.
This joy is reflected in psalm 104, one of my favorites.
Verses 14 and 15 (Grail translation, 1983) are priceless:
You made the grass grow for the cattle
and the plants to serve our needs,
that we may bring forth bread from the earth
and wine to cheer our hearts;
oil to make our faces shine
and bread to strengthen our hearts.
Bread, wine, and oil – necessities for the people of Israel and us – are provided by God.
But verses 25 and 26 really delight me and bring a smile to my face:
There is the sea, vast and wide,
with its moving swarms past counting,
living things, great and small.
The ships are moving there
and the monsters you made to play with.
I can just picture God playing with Leviathan – the great sea monster.
Some translations just have Leviathan playing, but the Grail translation, La Biblia Latinoamericana and the Jewish Tanakh give the impression that God is playing with the monsters.
What an image of God! A God who delights in all creatures and even romps in the surf with sea monsters.
God is good – and God is playful.
May creeping things and sea monsters give praise to God and may we delight in God’s playful creativity.