There are living creature in the sea which no human being has ever seen and most of which have only recently come within human sight. For centuries the oceans and their depths were only visible to God–they were his personal aquarium. But he did not intend to enjoy it alone. As we develop the gifts God has invested in us–underwater travel, cameras, etc.–the glory of these creatures become visible to us.
Using Psalm 104 as a meditation on God’s creative work–in the past and present–we rejoice in God’s works. Moreover, as Psalm 104 sings, God himself rejoices over the works of creation (v. 31).
The creation is the glory of God (v.31). God gives his glory, his majesty, his awe, to the creation. We ourselves were crowned with “glory and honor” (Psalm 8), and the earth which is full of God’s creatures (v.24) is also the glory of God. Their splendor is God’s own work. The wonder of creation mirrors the wonder of God.
With the eye of faith I see God smile as he watches the playfulness of the ocean’s creatures. When humback whales rise out of the water with majestic awe, God smiles. When dolphins race through the water skimming the tops of the waves, God smiles. When schools of “nemos” move back in forth in unison, God smiles.
And God enjoys the playfulness of his aquarium. I enjoy it, too. God smiles, and so do I.
“May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord” (Psalm 104:34).