74:13 the sea. In the next few verses the poet alludes to a popular concept of creation and applies it to the Lord. For the defeat of the “Sea,” see Ezek. 28:2 and note. In using these figures, the psalmist is not endorsing the popular myths, but using them to say that the God of Israel is the Creator of all. The gods of the Near East are nothing because they do not exist. See Ps. 18:4; 29:3, 10; 46:2, 3; 69:1, 2; Jer. 14:22; 1 Cor. 8:4.