Psalms 89:9

9 You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.

Psalms 89:9 in Other Translations

9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
9 You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.
9 You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves.
9 You put the arrogant ocean in its place and calm its waves when they turn unruly.
9 You rule the raging sea; when its waves surge, You still them.

Psalms 89:9 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 89:9

Thou rulest the raging of the sea
The power, pride, and elation of it, when it swells, and foams, and rages, and becomes boisterous, and threatens vessels upon it with utter ruin and destruction; but the Lord, who has it under his dominion and government, restrains it; he has made and can manage it, and he only: his power over it is seen in assigning it its place, and ordering the waters of it to it when first made; in placing the sand for its boundary by a perpetual decree, which it cannot pass; by commanding the stormy wind to lift up its waves, and by making the storm a calm, and the waves thereof still; see ( Psalms 107:25 Psalms 107:29 ) , instances of this were at the universal deluge, and at the Red sea:

when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them;
when the sea lifts up its waves, and both lift up their voice, and make a noise, and roar, the Lord hushes them, and makes them still and quiet, as a parent its child when it cries, or a master his scholars, when they are noisy and tumultuous; so Christ rebuked the wind, and checked the raging sea, and made it calm, when the ship in which he was with his disciples was covered with its waves; and as this is mentioned here as an instance of the great power and strength of the Lord of hosts, so that was a proof and evidence of the true and proper divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, ( Matthew 8:24-27 ) , all this may be understood, in a mystical sense, of the sea of this world, and the wicked inhabitants of it, who are as the troubled sea, and cannot rest, casting up mire and dirt, reproaching and blaspheming God and man; and particularly of tyrannical princes and potentates, who are like the proud waters and raging waves of the sea; but the Lord on high is mightier than they, and can and does restrain their wrath and rage, so that his people have nothing to fear from them; see ( Psalms 124:3-5 ) ( 46:1-4 ) .

Psalms 89:9 In-Context

7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8 Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
9 You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.

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