Who Do Guardian Angels Guard?

Contrary to popular thinking, the Bible never says angels guard everyone. In Psalm 91:11, the Psalmist, referring to the Most High God, says, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” It’s important to know who the “you” is in this scripture.

The answer is suggested in verses 14 and 16: “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name … I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” The angels are “ministering spirits” sent out from God to serve “for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.”

Angels are commissioned to watch over and protect believers at the Lord’s command. They don’t work independently from Him and they don’t understand everything. They are not omniscient. Angels are curious about the salvation God offers humans and how He chooses to work through His people. Paul described the apostles as a “spectacle” not only for people, but also for the angels.


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