We have come to the end of week 5. Our reading today is from Psalm 8.
What does it mean to be majestic? Why is God to be praised (8:1-2)? How can an infant’s lips ordain praise (8:2)?
The dictionary definition of majestic is having or showing impressive beauty. When I think about majestic I think about eagles soaring in the sky. It is a beautiful thing to see. It is also impressive. When you see it you are drawn to look and to stare.
When we look around us, we see God’s handiwork all around. You have to intentionally ignore his presence to miss it. Everywhere we look is the evidence of God. He is evident in the beauty of his creation.
We also look at history and how God has orchestrated history. He has helped his people and delivered his people in mighty ways. How can we not praise God?
The simple cry from an infant is praise to God. It is God who created life and gives life. He has defeated death and the devil. The evidence of new life by the cry of an infant is a testimony to God’s victory.
Who is the true king? Who establishes our authority (8:5)?
God alone is the true king. He made everything we see. Any authority that is given us is given by him.
What is the responsibility God gives to us (8:6-7)? For whose benefit are you entrusted with authority?
He made us to tend to his creation. God gives us his creation for our pleasure, but we also have the responsibility to be good stewards of his creation.
He gives us authority not for our own benefit, but that we might serve him, his creation, and other people.
Why do you think the last verse repeats the first verse (8:1,9)?
This is done for emphasis. This Psalm begins and ends with the Lord whose name is majestic. The book of Revelation reminds us that he is the alpha and omega, the beginning and end. God’s creation, your life, and our salvation all begin and end with him. It is fitting this Psalm does as well.
Try to put in writing and describe as best as you can how “little” you are compared to how “big” God is.
It is really impossible to do. We can’t even come close to being able to put into writing how great our God is. Our human language is imperfect, but God is a perfect God. God is so much bigger than we could ever describe. Bigger than the air we breathe. Bigger than the universe. Louie Giglio has a great message on just how great our God is in this video:
And here is a great song on the majesty of Jesus: