Study Guide – Psalm 8

Psalm08


1 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!


This statement becomes a good question to ponder and to marvel: How majestic is the name of the Lord in all the earth?

 

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.


Notice the contrast between the extreme examples in verses 1-2 (i.e. heavens, earth and infants). What does this tell you about the nature of the Lord?


Often throughout Scripture the weak are made strong, but how could it be possible for verse 2 to be a reality?


3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?


David calls the "heavens" the "work" of God's "fingers". How does thinking of the wonders of universe in this way make the vastness of the universe more personal? How does this help you consider God more personally?


What drives the writer to ask the particular question that he does in verse 4?


5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth! NIV


Considering his throughts in verses 5-8, why is David drawn to again emphasis the majestic nature of God's name in verse 9 (as in verse 1)? In other words, as David considers the status of humankind, what causes him to marvel at the Lord?


::::: Prayer Challenge :::::

In the next 24 hours, take time to do two things. 1) listen to the praise of children and infants; 2) notice the "heavens". As you do, let yourself marvel at the majesty of the Lord.

 

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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