PSALM 8 IS THE PINNACLE OF THE OPENING PSALMS,
JUST AS MAN WAS THE PINNACLE OF GOD’S CREATION.
HOW THIS WEEK WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR SOUL!
TO THINK THAT THE ONE WHO SET THE STARS IN PLACE
IS MINDFUL OF US.
THIS QUESTION: WHAT IS MAN?
SOME LOOK AT HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND SAY HE IS A GOD
HE IS SO WONDERFUL, THEY BELIEVE, HE DOESN’T NEED GOD
OTHERS SEE THE DEPRAVITY AND SUFFERING OF MAN AND SAY, WITH MACBETH,
LIFE IS A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT, FULL OF SOUND AND FURY, SIGNIFYING NOTHING
YET GOD HAS SET ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS, AND HOW BLESSED WE ARE IF WE COME TO THE CONCLUSION OF NEITHER OF THE
ABOVE, BUT OF PSALM 8, AS SARA GROVES DID, AS A YOUNG GIRL:
1. Can you remember when you first pondered “What is man?” Share something about it.
2. When was the last time you were aware that God was mindful of you?
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Read Psalm 8 aloud to yourself.
3. Sing How Great Thou Art and find phrases in the song that may have been inspired by Psalm 8
YOU HAVE SET YOUR GLORY ABOVE THE HEAVENS.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABIES AND INFANTS,
YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED STRENGTH BECAUSE OF YOUR FOES,
TO STILL THE ENEMY AND THE AVENGER.
4. Derek Kidner says the opening two verses are the theme of the whole psalm in miniature — from the highest of high to the lowest of low. If you haven’t seen this from Louis Giglio, watch and comment:
5. If possible, share a time when you heard genuine praise for the Lord out of the mouth of a little child.
6. How have you seen God’s tendency to use the weak of the world to silence the strong of the world?
7. Jesus quotes this in Matthew 21:15. Kidner says that when the whole earth praises God with its glory, the enemy rises up, and God meets the enemy with the voice of a child. Contemplate this and share your thoughts.
8. Read Psalm 8:3 — what does “the work of your fingers” tell you about God? About man? Compare this to Psalm 139:15.
9. Read Psalm 8:4-8 and explain how Scripture sees man and how this refutes both worldly theories expressed above.
10. What does it mean to you that God values you so?
11. Listen to this from the Psalms Project and comment:
12. This psalm is also about Christ, for He was willing to lower Himself to become a man. What does Hebrews 2:9 teach you about this?
13. How does this psalm appropriately end?
14. Use the truths found in this psalm about God, about yourself, and about Jesus as a springboard for a prayer of praise.
Last week I couldn’t find a sermon I thought wonderful enough to give you, but this week there were so many it was hard to choose. I’m going to give you Keller as your required sermon and Martyn Lloyd-Jones as an optional sermon. (I promised not to overwhelm you, but some of you might want to listen to both.) Please listen to Keller and share your notes — and Lloyd-Jones if you like. Both are free — thankful I haven’t yet had to give you a sermon that is not free!
15. Listen to Keller’s Maker of Heaven and Earth and share your notes: this.
Optional: Listen to Martyn Lloyd-Jones A Little Lower Than The Angels and share your thoughts: LINK
16. What is your take-a-way and why?