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Basic and advanced study questions for Psalm 8 helps us understand the glory of God and examine modern man's concept of high and low self-esteem. See Psalm 8 study here!
1) Examine verses 1 and 9. Who wrote the Psalm? How do these verses differ? How are they the same? (Psalm 8:1,9)
2) What does the Psalmist say that He has done to His splendor? (Psalm 8:1)
3) Where does General David (the Psalmist) say God has established strength? (Psalm 8:2)
4) For what purpose has God done this ? (Psalm 8:2)
5) What are the objects that the Psalmist is meditating on in Psalm 8:3?
6) After such meditating, does he think God should think highly of man? (Psalm 8:4)
7) What are two things that God crowned man with? (Psalm 8:5)
8) What position did God make man over the earth? (Psalm 8:6)
9) List the different things that man was to rule over? (Psalm 8:6-8)
10) Close this study by memorizing Psalm 8:9.
1) Read Psalm 8 until you are familiar with it. Would you say that David, the author, is focusing on God or man?
2) Both verses 1 and 9 use the phrase "O LORD, our Lord." The three major English translations of the Bible (KJB, NASB, NIV) capitalize the word LORD for the first Lord. What does this stand for? Check the beginning of your Bible for help.
3) What might the phrase "displayed Thy splendor above the heavens" (Psalm 8:1) mean?
|"But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they became indignant, and said to Him, Do You hear what these are saying? And Jesus said to them, Yes; have you never read, OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABES THOU HAST PREPARED PRAISE FOR THYSELF?
4) Read Matthew 21:15-16. How does Jesus use this passage to affirm the truth of Psalm 8:2? Application: What NT spiritual truth might this teach? Do you know of any illustrations of this?
5) Psalm 8:3 tells us of the great universe. Application: Have you spent any time lately stargazing? Spend some time looking at the recent pictures from space. Then think whether you can make the same conclusion as the Psalmist in Psalm 8:4.
6) We see Psalm 8:5 speaks primarily of Christ in Hebrews 2:9-10.
"But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings." (Hebrews 2:9-10).
What has happened to Adam and his original command? Why was it necessary for the Christ to come to help? Does the original command still relate to man? If so, how so?
7) The message on Psalm 8 focuses on three ways this Psalm counters the popular high self-esteem movement. Examine the three passages (8:2; 3-4; 5-8) and see if you can see three ways God is not at all impressed with the way man is preoccupied about seeing good in himself. Application: How has your church responded to this movement? Try to say in your own words what is wrong with it.
8) Summary Application: Do you personally build your life around God's glory or do you seem to want God to keep serving you? How so? Explain. Have you grown in this way?
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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