PSALM 104:1-5, 24:30
Even a casual reading of this psalm alerts one to the parallel information with the creation events of Genesis 1:1-31. However, the perspective of the psalm is different. The psalmist glories in the creation as pointing to the power of the Creator. He saw God at work. Sadly, many people through the centuries, as well as today, reacted differently. It is from the perspective of contrasting beliefs that I have approached the material as we look at the natural order’s origin and meaning.
The universe began as an act of GOD (Gen. 1:1, 2; Psalm 104:1, 2, Heb. 11:3). The customary language is that God created the universe out of nothing. At this point, let’s take a brief excursion into the realm of theoretical physicists, those who deal with the smallest existence, sub-atomic quarks and their origin. To provide a brief background sketch, Elwin Hubble back in the 1920s, discovered that the entire universe is expanding in which everything is expanding from everything else. By collapsing the universe, so to speak, it had a beginning from an object about the size of a marble. The condensed universe suddenly exploded, called the Big Bang. But, left unanswered by the scientists is, what gave rise to the marble-sized universe? In what did it reside? Energy? Radiation? Finally, who or what “thumped” the marble-sized universe to cause it to explode, resulting in the Big Bang? Science necessarily stops in the absence of space and time. Scientific speculation represents scientism, not science.
The Bible, not surprisingly, describes the creation of light in Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Theoretical physicists can only allege that in the initial expansion following the Big Bang, photons (light) somehow came into existence.
Let me give you a faith statement by Rev. S. M. Lockridge: “You will find in Job 26:7 that God hung this world on nothing and standing on nothing He took the hammer of his own will, and He struck the anvil of His omnipotence and sparks flew therefrom, and He caught them on the tips of His fingers and flung them out into space and bedecked the heavens with stars. And nobody said a word. The reason nobody said anything, there wasn’t anybody there to say anything. So God Himself said, ‘That’s good.’”
Psalm 104:3 adds a new dimension to the creation story in speaking of angels, describing them as “his” ministers, a “flaming fire.” Genesis 4:24 hints at this, when following the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, God placed “Cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
The Bible then makes clear that God is the Creator of all LIVING BEINGS (vv. 24-30). Theoretical physicists stumble when speculating about cosmic origins. Biological scientists are no more successful in trying to explain the origin and development of life. They often founder in two areas. First, they must assume the existence of the first living cell, without explaining how it came about or replicates itself. Second, they assume the existence of grasses, etc., without which animal life is impossible. The Bible does not make that mistake. God created grasses, trees, and herbs on the third day of creation (Gen. 1:11-13). He created living creatures first in the waters, then those flying above on the fifth day (Gen. 1:20-23), and then higher animals, each after its kind (Gen. 1:24-25).
Proponents of biological evolution also encounter an insurmountable barrier in the phrase “after its kind.” The millions of fossils from around the would reveal no evidence for any organism to develop from one species to another.
The Bible presents a no-nonsense approach to SEA CREATURES (vv. 24-30). Seafarers through the centuries have often conjured up images of horrible sea monsters which attacked ships. Other ancient cultures deified some of the beings. Not so with the Bible. It pictures “leviathan” as being formed to play in the seas. All such are God’s creatures, under his control, to be respected by sailors, but not feared. The huge creatures, as is true of all, die when God “takes away their breath” (v. 24).
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