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Psalm 8

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A Hymn of Praise to God

Psalm 8

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Lesson Number 5

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord is majestic in His works of Creation.
  2. The Lord is marvelous in His plans for mankind.

Practical Application

  1. Remember the big businessman and his baby illustration!

Questions

  1. What type of psalm is Psalm 8?
  2. Which New Testament passages quote Psalm 8?
  3. What does it mean that man was made a little lower than the angels?
  4. What is the answer to David’s question in verse 4?
  5. When will we see the fulfillment of verse 6?

Answers

  1. Psalm 8 is a wonderful Hymn of Praise. It is also a Messianic Psalm, quoted three times in the New Testament in reference to Christ.
  2. Matthew 21:16, 1 Corinthians 15:27, and Hebrews 2:6-8
  3. Man was created in the image of God, but right now man is subjected to limitations that angels are not.
  4. From the divine perspective, mankind is very significant and important. We have been created in the image of God and crowned with glory and honor. Mankind has been given dominion over the other works of God’s creation.
  5. When the Perfect Man, Jesus Christ, returns to the earth in power and glory, He will show forth all that God intended for man on this earth. All believers will share in that glorious reign of Christ where all things will be in subjection to Him.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss how Creation is a testimony of our powerful and awesome Creator. What causes people to deny the overwhelming amount of intricate design in the universe?
  2. Discuss mankind’s dominion over God’s creation. What are the implications of this responsibility?

Challenge

  1. Remember the big businessman and his baby illustration!

Key Verses

  • "O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!" Psalms 8:1,9
  • "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" Psalms 8:3-4

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