"Yehweh reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake."
"The word cherub is a word borrowed from the Assyrian kirubu, from karãbu, 'to be near', hence it means near ones, familiars, personal servants in a sense. It was commonly used to represent the idea of heavenly spirits, who closely surrounded God and served him. Psalm 18:10 poetically equates the cherub with the God's flying chariot:
He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.
In addition, Psalm 104:3 connects the cherubim with the storm clouds:
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind.
Horsemen and chariots usually are images of a strong army, prepared for battle (Deuteronomy 11:4; Judges 4:7; 1st Samuel 8:12, 13:5; 1st Kings 9:12; Ezekiel 39:20). Also, the Bible often refers to God with "strength of battle" imagery to illustrate that he is the warrior that goes forth conquering. In fact, Yahweh is referred to as "the Lord (Yahweh) of the armies (tsaba)" at least two hundred and thirty-five times.
The cherubim is similar to, and probably derived from, the shedu or "storm winds." To protect houses in ancient
It is this mixed understanding of the cherubim/shedu as the attendants of a warrior-god and simultaneously as the protector of cities, which appears symbolically in the Genesis story guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden and the way to the Tree of Life.