“I will give
The thanks due to his righteousness.
I will sing praise
To the name of Yahweh,
the Most High.”
David will give thanks to Yahweh, perhaps in some sort of ritual thanksgiving sacrifice. He will continually sing or play an instrument before Yahweh, the most high God. Once again, this is a formal ending indicating that this psalm was meant to be sung. This was to be repeated over and over again as a praise thanksgiving remembrance to the most high Yahweh, God of all.
“Will it make many supplications to you?
Will it speak soft words to you?
Will it make a covenant with you?
Will it be taken as your servant forever?
Will you play with it as with a bird?
Will you put it on a leash for your girls?
Will traders bargain over it?
Will they divide it up among the merchants?
Can you fill its skin with harpoons?
Can you fill its head with fishing spears?
Lay hands on it!
Think of the battle!
You will not do it again!
Any hope of capturing it will be disappointed.
The gods were even overwhelmed at the sight of it.
No one is so fierce as to dare to stir it up.
Who can stand before it?
Who can confront it?
Who can be safe?
No one under the whole heaven can confront it?”
Like the popular children’s movie series, How to Train a Dragon, how are you to handle this big sea monster? However, this is not a play thing. Yahweh asks who can confront this Leviathan. Will it pray softy for him? Will it make a treaty with him? Would you play with it or put it on a leash? Do the traders buy and sell it? Could you put spears and harpoons into it? Leviathan cannot be captured because even the gods are overwhelmed seeing it. No one under the heavens could confront it or stand up to it. The Leviathan was the original bully since it did whatever it wanted to do.
“It is the first of the great acts of God.
Only its Maker can approach it with the sword.
The mountains yield food for it.
It is there where all the wild beasts play.
Under the lotus plants it lies.
It lies in the covert of the reeds and in the marsh.
The lotus trees cover it for shade.
The willows of the brook surround it.
Even if the river is turbulent
It is not frightened.
It is confident though Jordan rushes against its mouth.
Can one take it with hooks?
Can one pierce its nose with a snare?”
Clearly this monster has limits since it was the work of God. Only God the maker can kill it. It lives in the mountains where all the wild beasts play. It lies under a lotus tree for shade in the reeds, willows, and marshes. Even when the Jordan River is turbulent, it is not worried. No one can catch it with hooks or snares. This sure sounds like a large hippo! It is not clear if there is more than one of these large beasts.