Dignity and Dominion

Psalm 8 is everything a hymn should be as it celebrates the glory and grace of God. Upon gazing at the handiwork of God in creation, the humbled psalmist considers the question, 'What is man?' Man, though seemingly small in this enormous universe has been chosen by God to be exalted, crowned with glory and honor and given dominion over the earth. And though now this dominion is weakened by sin, it is regained and restored by and through our union with Christ.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the significance of God’s personal name being used in v. 1 and even more, God being referred to as ‘our Lord’?
  2. What is the psalmist recognizing that God can and has done in verse 2?
  3. Where else have you heard the title ‘son of man’? What’s its significance?
  4. Where does humanity’s dignity come from? What are some examples of the hundreds of implications of this dignity?
  5. Does man presently have dominion over creation? How is this dominion expressed? How will it be consummated?
  6. The New Testament cites this Psalm no less than 3 times: Matthew 21:12-17, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Hebrews 2:5-9. Read each and discuss the way this psalm is used and what these authors teach from Psalm 8.