God invites us to authentically express what we’re feeling when we ponder life’s realities. Many of these expressions are recorded for us in the Psalms—the songbook of the Bible. Psalm 8 is a Psalm of praise. In it, David encourages us to instinctively look up and notice that God’s glory is on display in creation. This reflection on God and His glory can also prompt us to consider ourselves. God has turned His attention toward us as creatures who are created in His own image.

Discussion Questions

Psalm 8 is a Psalm of praise. When have you most naturally responded to the urge to praise God? How does creation and its expanse help you to praise God? Any examples of when you were overwhelmed by God’s creation?

In Psalm 8:1 David describes God’s name as excellent—in all the earth and above the heavens. What is God’s glory? How are you aware of His glory?

Read Psalm 8:2. What kind of power is found in the mouths of children (compare Matthew 21:15-16 and 1 Corinthians 1:27-29)?

What does David use to remind us of our smallness (Read 8:3-4)? But notice too, the dignity God has given to human beings. How has God paid attention to you?

How does God remind us of the significance He has given to us (8:5)? What is part of our responsibility on earth (8:6-8)? (compare Genesis 1:26-28)

In what practical ways are you able to give praise to God? What are your biggest challenges or obstacles to becoming a person whose life overflows with praise?

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