The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)

Psalm 8 Journal Starter

Hi friends! Thank you so much for joining us here.

We hope to provide you with some questions to spark reflection on the Psalms.

If you want to, you can share some of your thoughts in the comments section below. We would love to hear how God is working in your heart.

[You can listen to Psalm 8 here. You can find Psalm 8 in the New International Version here.]

Journal Starter for Psalm 8

The first and final verses of Psalm 8 read, “LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” The first “LORD” is the name used for God alone— Yahweh. The second, “our Lord,” means “our Sovereign.” Sovereign means the one in control.

Yahweh, our God who has control over all things, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!
How do you see God’s majesty on the earth? Write about a time you were amazed by the beauty of creation. [If you’ve captured any of these amazing, beautiful moments in creation, feel free to share them with us using the hashtag #WhatISeeAtSea.]

Write about how you see/have seen God’s majesty in His supreme power and control over all things.
Verse two describes how God uses the praises of children and infants powerfully against His enemies— the forces of darkness. Children and infants are weak by the world’s standards, but God uses them powerfully when they praise His name.
In what situations do you feel powerless— like a child or baby?

Do you believe God can use you to fight the powers of darkness? Why or why not?
David writes about how amazing it is that the God of the universe— the maker of the moon and stars— is mindful of humans and cares for them. Not only that, God has also crowned humankind “with glory and honor.” He even put us in charge of caring for His earth.
What difference does it make that God cares about you? When do you have a hard time believing He cares for you?

1 Comment

Patty - August 3rd, 2020 at 8:11am

Several years ago I was involved in starting a children's choir. Our inspiration came from this Psalm and rereading it today brought back a flood of memories.

One translation says of verse 2, "from the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise." The children in our choir were young and inexperienced but through their faithfulness we raised money for a pastor in Africa so that he could buy a brick-making machine to build a church. We outfitted children with school uniforms and we provided medical supplies. It was a real lesson for me. I never imagined that the influence of such a small group of young children could extend so far. My faith grew so much during that time.

I just listened again to our theme song, "Eclats de Joie" (bursts of praise) written by our choir director and gave thanks to God again for all he did during that time: