Psalms 89:8

8 God of the Angel Armies, who is like you, powerful and faithful from every angle?

Psalms 89:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 89:8

O Lord God of hosts
Of all the hosts of heaven, the sun, moon, and stars, and of all the heavenly hosts of angels, of all the armies in heaven, and the inhabitants of the earth:

who is a strong Lord like unto thee?
he is Jah, or Jehovah, and he alone is so, and is the most High in all the earth, ( Psalms 83:18 ) and there is none like him for his great power and strength, by which he has made the heavens and the earth, and upholds them in their being; and by which he has redeemed his people, plucked them out of the hands of sin and Satan, and preserves them safe to his kingdom and glory: see ( Job 40:9 ) ( Isaiah 40:15 Isaiah 40:17 Isaiah 40:18 ) ,

or to thy faithfulness round about thee;
none so faithful as the Lord, none to be trusted as he, either angels or men; some understand it of the faithful ones that are about him, his trusty servants the angels, who stand round about him ready to do his will; or the glorified saints that are with him, the called, chosen, and faithful; see ( Psalms 103:19 Psalms 103:20 ) ( Revelation 17:14 ) or rather the words are to be read, "and thy faithfulness is round about thee"; and so the Targum,

``and thy truth (or faithfulness) surroundeth thee:''

look all around him, and his faithfulness is everywhere to be seen; to himself, and the perfections of his nature; to his Son, and agreements with him; and to his counsels of old, his purposes and decrees, and to his covenant and promises: he is as it were clothed with faithfulness, and it appears in all the dispensations of his providence and grace.

Psalms 89:8 In-Context

6 Search high and low, scan skies and land, you'll find nothing and no one quite like God.
7 The holy angels are in awe before him; he looms immense and august over everyone around him.
8 God of the Angel Armies, who is like you, powerful and faithful from every angle?
9 You put the arrogant ocean in its place and calm its waves when they turn unruly.
10 You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand, you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist.
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