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Psalm 145:15-16 & meaning...


eyes of all wait for you. You give them their food in due season. You open your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 145:15-16


Psalm 145 [10.] All your works will give thanks to you, Yahweh.

    Your saints will extol you.

They will speak of the glory of your kingdom,

    and talk about your power;

to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts,

    the glory of the majesty of his kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.

    Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Yahweh is faithful in all his words,

    and loving in all his deeds.

Yahweh upholds all who fall,

    and raises up all those who are bowed down.

The eyes of all wait for you.

    You give them their food in due season.

You open your hand,

    and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Yahweh is righteous in all his ways,

    and gracious in all his works.

Yahweh is near to all those who call on him,

    to all who call on him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him.

    He also will hear their cry, and will save them.


  • Divine Provision: 

These verses poetically express the universal dependence of all living beings on God for sustenance. The psalmist acknowledges that the eyes of all creatures are fixed on God, eagerly awaiting His provision. This imagery captures the profound truth that God is the ultimate source of nourishment and sustenance for all life (Matthew 6:26-30).

  • Timely Provision: 

God's provision is not arbitrary but purposeful and timely. He gives food to every creature in its due season, demonstrating His perfect timing and wisdom. Whether it be the birds of the air, the animals of the field, or humanity itself, God's provision is always sufficient and perfectly timed to meet our needs (Matthew 6:31-33).

  • Generous Supply: 

God's generosity knows no bounds. He opens His hand and satisfies the desires of every living thing. This imagery evokes the image of a benevolent provider, lavishly bestowing His blessings on His creation. From the smallest sparrow to the mightiest elephant, God's hand is open wide, ready to meet the needs of all His creatures (Psalm 104:27-28).

  • Faithfulness and Trustworthiness: 

These verses reflect the psalmist's confidence in God's faithfulness and trustworthiness. They affirm the psalmist's conviction that God can be relied upon to fulfill His promises and provide for His creation. Just as God faithfully provides for the physical needs of all living things, so too can we trust Him to meet our spiritual and emotional needs (Philippians 4:19).

Cross References:

Matthew 6:26-30: "See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they? ... If then God so clothes the grass, which today exists and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith?" Jesus draws upon the imagery of God's provision for the birds and the lilies of the field to teach about the Father's care for His children.

Psalm 104:27-28: "These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. You give to them; they gather. You open your hand; they are satisfied with good." This passage echoes the sentiment of Psalm 145:15-16, celebrating God's provision for His creation and His open-handed generosity.

In summary, Psalm 145:15-16 captures the essence of God's provision and care for all living creatures. It invites us to recognize and appreciate God's faithfulness, trustworthiness, and generosity in sustaining His creation. As we meditate on these verses, may we find reassurance and confidence in God's ability to meet our needs and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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