Psalms 103:21

21 Bless God, all you armies of angels, alert to respond to whatever he wills.

Psalms 103:21 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 103:21

Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts
Which some understand of the sun, moon, and stars, sometimes called the hosts of heaven; and who in their way bless and praise the Lord; see ( Psalms 148:2 Psalms 148:3 ) . Others, of the angels, as before; who are sometimes styled the heavenly host, ( Luke 2:13 ) , and may be so called from their numbers, there being legions of them; and for their military employment, in guarding and protecting the saints, in encamping about them, and fighting for them. Or rather, since these seem to be distinguished from the angels before addressed, by them may be meant the church militant and her members; who are like an army with banners, consisting of volunteer soldiers under Christ, the Captain of their salvation; whose battles they fight against sin, Satan, and the world; and have a great deal of reason to bless and praise the Lord, for all the great and good things he has done to them, and for them.

Ye ministers of his that do his pleasure;
so the angels are called, and they do the will of God; what is acceptable to him, and well pleasing in his sight, ( Hebrews 1:7 Hebrews 1:14 ) . But rather, as distinct from them, the ministers of the Gospel are intended; a name which the preachers of it bear, both in the Old and in the New Testament, ( Isaiah 61:4 ) ( 1 Corinthians 4:1 ) , They are ministers of Christ's appointing, calling, qualifying, and sending; and who are employed in his service, in preaching him, his Gospel, and the truths of it; and who do his pleasure, that which is grateful to him, when they speak his word faithfully, declare his whole counsel, and keep back nothing that is profitable: and these have reason to bless the Lord for the gifts bestowed upon them, and for their success and usefulness; and indeed they bear a leading part in giving praise and glory to God, ( Revelation 4:9 Revelation 4:10 ) .

Psalms 103:21 In-Context

19 God has set his throne in heaven; he rules over us all. He's the King!
20 So bless God, you angels, ready and able to fly at his bidding, quick to hear and do what he says.
21 Bless God, all you armies of angels, alert to respond to whatever he wills.
22 Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are - everything and everyone made by God. And you, O my soul, bless God!
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