(038) Every Season Of The Soul- Psalm 8

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Psalm 8
1 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Have you every experienced something you would describe using the word “majestic?” What did it feel like to you? How did you respond? (Take that sense into the following questions.)

The phrase “When I consider” sets up the author’s perspective and he uses imagery familiar to him to invoke a sense of wonder. What imagery, ideas, or epiphanies help invoke a similar sense in you? What memory or scene can you “consider” that brings you closer to a desire to express the majesty of God?

When the author considers all this he is amazed that God would give man so much authority on earth. When we get a sense of the authority God has given us as humans, do you get overwhelmed? Does it make you wonder why we have been given so much influence over our loved ones, our communities, and even our planet? How do you experience the weight of what God has placed in our hands to care for?

Take a few moments with all this in mind to do a silent meditation with your eyes closed. Take deep breaths and inhale “gratitude” and exhale “grace.” As you meditate on these two words see what comes to mind from the previous discussion.