Let's Talk About God's Majesty

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

MAJESTY

 

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how majestic
    is your name throughout the earth!
    You made your glory higher than heaven!
From the mouths of nursing babies
    you have laid a strong foundation
    because of your foes,
    in order to stop vengeful enemies.
When I look up at your skies,
    at what your fingers made—
    the moon and the stars
    that you set firmly in place—
    what are human beings
    that you think about them;
    what are human beings
    that you pay attention to them?
You’ve made them only slightly less than divine,
    crowning them with glory and grandeur.
You’ve let them rule over your handiwork,
    putting everything under their feet—
        all sheep and all cattle,
        the wild animals too,
        the birds in the sky,
        the fish of the ocean,
        everything that travels the pathways of the sea.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!

 

Key Passage:

What are human beings that you think about them; what are human beings that you pay attention to them? You’ve made them only slightly less than divine, crowning them with glory and grandeur. —Psalm 8:4-5

 

Commentary:

We humans have a tendency to focus on our special place among God’s creation. Reading the Creation stories in Genesis, we see ourselves as the upper echelon of God’s creative industry. Even in this psalm, we tend to zero in on the comment that humans are only slightly less than divine. However, this poem is not making that statement with pride but instead with humility. In observing how awe-inspiring God is, the poet is actually emphasizing how unworthy we are of such a position. God’s nature—God’s divinity—is majestic and worthy of praise at all times, and praising God is our innate purpose.

 

Questions to Discuss:

What in the natural world reminds you most of God’s glory?

What are three actions you take each day to care for the earth?

How do caring for the earth and praising God go hand in hand?

 

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