We heard Diamond, the sea lion, long before we saw him. His bark was loud and deep and seemed to echo off the walls of his Sea World habitat. The workers told us he was easily the loudest of the sea lions. This playful intelligent mammal is known for their noisy barking. I remember hearing sea lions bark when living near the beach in Southern California. Late at night when traffic noise subsided the noise of their barking floated up to the house quite often.
Today’s verse is a beautiful poetic passage describing the reaction of creation at the Lord’s return. Not only does every living thing in the sea shout for joy but the sea itself will shout as well! Because the rivers clap their hands and the mountains sing in unison before the Lord, the earth will be shouting for joy along with the sea (verse 8). Why all this exuberant response? God comes to judge (verse 9) and when He does, everything unfair will made fair.
There is a certain deep satisfaction when seeing right prevail. When watching a film where the tension builds, there is often a concluding scene where evil is thwarted and justice prevails. If not literally, I am at least jumping up inside and shouting for joy! I want to see the “bad guys” lose. Part of belonging to the Lord is hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Matt. 5:6). One day that longing will be completely fulfilled when He comes to judge. God will right every wrong. Everything done in secret will be revealed (Luke 12:2). The unrepentant heart will face His exacting justice.
Thank you Lord, for Your perfect justice and the forgiveness You have given me!