8 Smoke rose from his nose, and consuming fire came from his mouth; coals were set on fire by it. 9 He bent the sky and came down, its total darkness was beneath his feet.
Darkness and consuming fire are words that describe God’s final punishment of the wicked. The psalmist uses these words to describe the passion with which God responds to his prayer. The nose is often used for Hebrew expression of emotion. A long nose equals patience, but a smoking nose equals anger.