Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps; wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! – Psalm 148:7, 10
I love this little piece from Psalm 148. As someone that grew up watching Leonard Nimoy on “In Search Of” I’ve always been fascinated by the lore of creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster (and even Champ up in Lake Champlain when I lived in Vermont). Creatures, both real and mysterious, have always roamed the earth with us.
And here the psalmist gives us the wonderful imagery of these creatures, the sea monsters and everything in the depths of the oceans, as well as all the creatures living on the land, praising God.
It seems that even the Leviathan, the Kraken, unicorns, centaurs, sea monsters like Nessie and land creatures like Sasquatch all praise God. Even they, as mighty as they may be, know who’s who.
It serves to remind us that we, as mighty as we might think ourselves, also should be moved to offer God our praise. None of us is too far removed from being reminded in humility that our perceptions of importance and power are just that: perceptions. They aren’t real, and whatever we are given in this life is fleeting at best. There are things larger than ourselves; things we are called to play a part in as agents of loving service and compassionate grace.
If even the sea monsters get that, why can’t we?
God Of All Creation, remind us that we are no bigger or more important than any other of your miraculous creations, and we are here to be of service to that Creation, not to ourselves, and be moved to offer you our praise.