I look at an ant and feel all powerful. I look to the skies and feel substantially insignificant. What is my place in the order of things? Psalm 8 holds the answer.
Read Psalm 8. What stands out in this Psalm the most to you?
1. Define the word majestic. What makes God majestic? Just how majestic is he?
2. “You have set your glory in the heavens.” What does that phrase mean?
3. Read Psalm 8:2: How does the praise of infants and children silence God’s enemies? What is different about the way children praise God?
4. Read verse 3 and 4. How does the expanse of the heavens make the writer feel? Why would he feel so insignificant?
5. Read v. 5-8. God has created so much – the heavens, the planetary bodies, a vast array of plant life, a world teeming with animal life. Some evolutionists would have us believe that man is no more important than any other part of the world make-up. What makes man different? How is man’s difference a case for a divine design. Why did God choose to show special honor to one part of His creation over the rest?
6. Read v. 5-6 more carefully. Is this talking about mankind in general or someone in particular? See 1 Cor 15:27; Hebrews 2:6-8. How does this passage refer to Jesus? How are these verses prophetic of what Jesus came to do?
7. Compared to the rest of Creation, what is your worth to God? (See Genesis 1:26,27).
8. God has given us great value and great authority over the rest of the earth. With authority comes responsibility. What is a way you can wisely use your authority over creation this week?
God is still supreme ruler over all the earth. He has made you special—in comparison to the rest of the earth’s creation, you are at the top. Yet compared to God and his glory and majesty, we are still so very small. Spend time thanking him for his unique treatment of you, that you hold a special place in his heart. Praise him for being a God who reigns supreme over all the earth.