How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

1 To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Recall from Sunday:

Psalm 8:1-2 – God rules over his enemies as we praise

Psalm 8:3-5 – God rules in us as we repent

Psalm 8:6-9 – God rules over all things as we rule

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

God silences his enemies not by displays of violent force, but by the praise of infants. Have you ever seen the power of praise transform a situation? Have you offered God praise during a difficult time and seen your own heart changed?

David is awestruck that the God who created the universe, and who could clearly rule everything himself, would choose to give humanity such care and authority. Have you ever been awestruck that God cares for you? Has nature ever given you a transcendent experience of God’s presence and care for you?

God’s gift of dominion to humanity is meant to lead us to dependence on God and submission to him as our Lord. As you listened to the Psalm/sermon, did the Spirit convict you of any areas of pride you need to repent from, or any gift from God you’ve taken for granted or taken credit for?

Where does the voice of our enemy the devil need to be silenced in your life? Discuss with your group how you might be able to leverage the spiritual weapon of praise to experience the authority of God in that area. If your group is comfortable, you may want to share these areas then spend some time praising God together either through prayers or songs of praise.

We all have areas of our lives where not everything is “under our feet”. Share together what feels out of control in your lives, and commit to checking back in about these situations as the series continues. Begin lifting these up in prayer to the Lord this week.