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Community Group Questions | Psalm 8 | June 4

Being Human - Rev. Brent Corbin

O LORD, our Lord, 
how majestic is your name in all the earth! 
You have set your glory above the heavens. 
Out of the mouth of babes and infants, 
you have established strength because of your foes, 
to still the enemy and the avenger. 
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, 
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 
what is man that you are mindful of him, 
and the son of man that you care for him? 
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings 
and crowned him with glory and honor. 
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; 
you have put all things under his feet, 
all sheep and oxen, 
and also the beasts of the field, 
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, 
whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 
O LORD, our Lord, 
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Sermon: Psalm 8, "Being Human,"  Rev. Brent Corbin, Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Tulsa.

God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?

Consider this sermon outline:
I.  Praise God with your mouth (1, 9)
- "When we find something that captivates us, we praise it."
   - Good is where God say, "I am there!"
   - Reference: Matthew 21:1-6
II. Reflect on God's Creation (3-5)
- Tension of being human.
   - Accept your humanity.  Don't play God. 
        - Application toward Work: underwork (laziness) vs overwork (performance).      
III. Praise God with our Hearts (3-4)
- Everyman vs Son of Man
    - Daniel 7:13-14.  Context: Exile. 
    - Jesus as Son of Man.  Means of human re-intergreation, wholeness, healing.  
        - Importance of Jesus being fully God and fully man. 

Read Psalm 8 and consider these questions. 

  1. Why do you avoid thinking about the deeper questions of life and, in particular, what it means to be human?

  2. What are several ways that you can think of right now where you could turn your everyday "praise" of things God-ward and thank Him for his goodness, rightness, truthfulness and beauty?

  3. When you consider the work of your hands (whether vocation or education), are you tempted more toward laziness or overwork? What do you think this says about you?

  4. How does the dual nature of Jesus - both God and man - affect you? What does it do to fill your heart with praise for God?

  5. What are one or more ways you can seek to be 'more human' this week in the way you think, work, and live?