Day 42 | Troi Buchanan
PSALM 74 AND 75
I read an article this week about scientists discovering a new black hole the size of 17 billion suns. For perspective, 1.3 million earths fit inside of the sun. I tried to multiply 1.3 million by 17 billion and this is the number that came out: 2.21e+16.
I don’t even know what that means, and I simply can’t fathom the magnitude of that black hole. And there’s this idea that God not only created everything that is, but that God also sustains everything that is. What does that say about God? This week’s Psalms came at a perfect time for me, as I was spending time pondering the breadth of God.
I want to highlight one passage today.
12 Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. 13 You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters. 14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness. 15 You split open springs and brooks; you dried up ever-flowing streams. 16 Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. 17 You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.
What beautiful, epic poetry. Take the time this morning to reflect on this scripture, breathe it in and let yourself sit in it.
Our God is old, timeless.
God works salvation (redemption, restoration, renewal) in the midst of the earth, in the middle of all the mess we’ve made.
God divided the sea and the earth and made it traversable for us. So that we wouldn’t be separated, but that we would know each other.
God has the final victory over the Leviathan*.
God unleashes and recedes springs and brooks, in God’s own timing.
God has authority, responsibility, and investment over every season of our life. Good or bad. Day or night.
God has set the boundaries for the earth and everything in it. For the renewing of all things, and the glory of God.
Our God is great. Great enough to hold the fabric of the cosmos together, and great enough to love us dearly and individually.
*The Leviathan is mentioned several times in the OT. It’s thought to be either a name for a mythological sea creature or large sea creatures that do exist (for example crocodiles or whales), or some mix in-between. Later on in church history the Leviathan was appropriated as an image for Satan, or the power of evil.