Psalm 8: Majesty of God

What can we do to improve our perception of God’s greatness?

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Psalm 8:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
O Lord and Master, your excellence is greater than anything on Earth. Your glory exceeds the magnificence of the heavens.
King James
Psalm 8:1 <To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.> O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.)

What is significant with God using unexpected ways to communicate with people ?

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Numbers 22:28 The Lord gave the donkey the ability to speak. “What have I done to you?” the donkey said, “that you have struck me three times?”
Psalm 8:2 From the mouths of infants and children, you have raised up a strong voice to refute your enemies, silencing the adverse words of all who oppose you.
Luke 19:37–40 At the valley beyond the Mount of Olives, as Jesus came near to Jerusalem, a joyful crowd of followers cheered and shouted praises for all the miracles they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king sent by God, who brings peace. Let the heavens rejoice and God be glorified.”
Some Pharisees in the crowd complained to Jesus, “Teacher, you should rebuke your followers for saying such things.”
“You can be certain,” Jesus said, “that if they kept quiet, the stones would have to shout praises.”
Acts 4:13 The leaders marveled at the eloquent words of Peter and John, uneducated men of Galilee who had no schooling under Temple rabbis. Obviously, their boldness had come from their being with Jesus.
King James
Numbers 22:28 And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
Psalm 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Luke 19:37–40 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

If powerful kings had little concern for insignificant foreigners, why would the Creator of the universe care about sinners?

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Psalm 8:3–4 When I look at the night sky and consider your handiwork, the moon and the stars that you put in space, what are mere mortals, God, that you would even think about them? Why should you care enough to visit?
Romans 5:8 The immense greatness of God’s love is proven by the fact that we were undeserving sinners when Christ died for us.
King James
Psalm 8:3–4 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

How are people different from the angels in Heaven?

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Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let’s make humans in our image, as we are. Let them rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the animals that walk or crawl upon the earth.”
Psalm 8:5–8 Even though they ranked lower than the angels, you crowned people with great glory and honor, giving them authority over your creation, putting all things under their feet, flocks and herds and even the wild animals, birds of the air and fish of the sea, everything that lives in the ocean.
King James
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Psalm 8:5–8 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

How can we best describe the extent of God’s greatness?

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Psalm 8:9 O Lord and Master, your excellence is greater than anything on Earth.
King James
Psalm 8:9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!