Days one and two.
Spurgeon notes this psalm was written poetically to de scribe each day of the creation account in Genesis. However, the real focus is the greatness and majesty of God, who created everything (v. 1). Therefore, it is not surprising that God is praised throughout this entire psalm. This is the only fair conclusion one can arrive at. "He must be blind indeed who does not see that nature is the work of a king:' With this statement, perhaps Spurgeon is referring to Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory which was fairly recent in his day. In contrast to Darwin's theory, it is God who creates light (v. 2), which points to his personal glory. Poetic imagery using the king's chambers and chariots describe the skies, clouds, winds, and angels (vv. 3-4). The creation of earth covered with water concludes the second day of creation. As we reverently ponder these creative acts, we are filled with adoration for God our Creator.
Spurgeon describes with awe the emergence of land, water, and vegetation, which provides him with important insights. God cares for us because he does the same for all of his creation (vv. 11, 13-14). This same attentiveness which extends even to wild animals is a reminder of the high value he places on each of his creatures. "Must everything exist for man or else be wasted? What but our pride and selfishness could have suggested such a notion?" In addition to God's care, we see his power at work, including in the plants (v. 14). This truth implies that without God working in the situation our efforts are in vain. We should also be attentive to the signs of his ongoing activity as we go through our day. A further insight reveals a God who wisely designed everything for a purpose. The trees are created so that the birds have a place for their nests (v. 17). When we walk through a forest, we hear the birds singing, which is a testimony of God's creativity. Lastly, nature provides illustrations for our spiritual lives. Like the birds which fly and have nests (v. 12), we should sing as "we flit through time into eternity;' knowing God is our dwelling place.
Used by Permission “The Psalms of every day living”- David McKinley
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalm 108