Clouds and darkness are round about him
Either as a garment; so Apollinarius paraphrases it,
``near is the King clothed with a cloud and tempest;''and it is usual with the Heathens to represent their deities as surrounded or clothed with a cloud F19: here the allusion is to the tabernacle and temple, when reared up and dedicated, ( Exodus 40:34 ) ( 1 Kings 8:10-12 ) and to other appearances of God, or Christ, in a cloud, ( Exodus 19:9 Exodus 19:16 ) ( Matthew 17:5 ) , it may denote the obscurity of his divine nature at his first coming; he appearing in the form of a servant, and in the likeness of sinful flesh, so that few discerned his glory as the glory of the only begotten of the Father; as also the darkness and blindness of the Jews concerning him, who could not perceive him to be the Messiah; notwithstanding all the characters of him; clouds and darkness were about him to them; as they were, in a literal sense, when he hung on the cross; the sun withdrew and hid itself, and darkness was upon the face of the earth for three hours; Christ was enveloped in it; and a greater darkness surrounded his soul when his divine Father hid his face from him: dark providences attended the first setting up of his kingdom, and the ministration of his Gospel in the world; the apostles, the first preachers of it, were persecuted by their own countrymen the Jews; the whole Gentile world was against them; the Roman empire, emperors, and governors of provinces, opposed them; wherever there was an open door, there were many adversaries, so that things looked very unpromising: nevertheless these clouds were dissipated, and the difficulties got over; though this has sometimes been the case since, and will be again, ere the kingdom of Christ is in all its glory; he now sits enthroned in heaven, surrounded with clouds and darkness, and unseen to us; whose being and perfections are inscrutable to us, his providences unsearchable, and his ways past finding out; and when he comes a second time, it will be at midnight, and in the clouds of heaven:
righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne;
the seat, basis, and support of it; he sits on a throne doing right, and by it his throne is established; (See Gill on Psalms 89:14).