Verse 5. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. Though unable to feast on the sacrifice at thine altar, my soul shall even here be filled with spiritual joys, and shall possess a complete, a double contentment. There is in the love of God a richness, a sumptuousness, a fulness of soul filling joy, comparable to the richest food with which the body can be nourished. The Hebrews were more fond of fat than we are, and their highest idea of festive provision is embodied in the two words, marrow and fatness: a soul hopeful in God and full of his favour is thus represented as feeding upon the best of the best, the dainties of a royal banquet.
And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. More joy, more praise. When the mouth is full of mercy, is should also be full of thanksgiving. When God gives us the marrow of his love, we must present to him the marrow of our hearts. Vocal praise should be rendered to God as well as mental adoration; others see our mercies, let them also hear our thanks.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 5. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. My soul shall be satisfied as if I had received all that is intimated by the rich pieces of the peace offering. Andrew A. Bonar, on Leviticus 3:9-10 .
Verse 5. My soul shall be satisfied with fatness and fatness: so the Hebrew hath it; that is, my soul shall be full of comfort, it shall be filled up to the brim with pleasure and delight, in the remembrance and enjoyment of God upon my bed, or upon my beds, in the plural, as the Hebrew hath it. David had many a hard bed and many a hard lodging, whilst he was in his wilderness condition. It oftentimes so fell out that he had nothing but the bare ground for his bed, and the stones for his pillow, and the hedges for his curtains, and the heavens for his canopy; yet, in this condition, God was sweeter than marrow and fatness to him; though his bed was never so hard, yet in God he had full satisfaction and content. Jeremiah 14; Philippians 4:9 . Thomas Brooks.
Verse 5. There is that in a gracious God and in communion with him, which give abundant satisfaction to a soul. Psalms 36:8 65:4. And there is that in a gracious soul, which takes abundant satisfaction in God, and in communion with him. Matthew Henry.
Verse 5. Sanctified Knowledge, saith, There is an infinite fulness in Christ, the fulness of a fountain. Faith saith, This is all for me, for he is my husband; then Prayer saith, If all this be thine, I will go and fetch it for thee; and Thankfulness says, I will return praise to God for it (and that's better than the receiving of mercies): My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. Matthew Lawrence, in "The Use and Practice of Faith," 1657.
Verse 5. In the words which I have chosen as the subject of discourse, the psalmist expresses his humble expectation of having his soul feasted in the sanctuary. I intend, first, to show how the Lord satisfies the souls of men as with marrow and fatness; and, secondly, to point out the reason which believers have to conclude that they shall be thus satisfied in the ordinances of divine worship.
- I will endeavour, then, in the first place, to show how
the Lord sanctifies the souls of men as with marrow and
fatness. And, in general, it may be observed, that he
imparts such satisfaction by condescending to hold
communion with them. This is the feast which our Lord
promises to every sinner who opens his heart to receive
him: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man
hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20.
This was also the banquet to which the spouse of Christ was
admitted, when she said, "He brought me to the banqueting
house, and his banner over me was love." Song of Solomon 2:4 . More
I now proceed to point out some of the reasons which
believers have to conclude that their souls shall be
satisfied in the ordinances of divine worship. And,
Verse 5.: --
Ever full, but hungry ever, What they have, they still desire; Never suffer surfeit's loathing Nor yet famine's torments dire: Hungering still, they eat, and eating, Still the sacred food require. Peter Damiano (988-1072).
Verse 5-6. David had his sweetmeats and heavenly junkets in the night, when the eyes of others were closed, and saw not the charger which was sent from above for his spiritual refreshment. His solitary meditations brought him more solace and comfort than the whole creation could afford him: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches, my soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. Communion with God in secret is a heaven upon earth. What food can compare with the hidden manna? Some persons have excellent banquets in their closets. That bread which the saints eat in secret, how pleasant is it! Ah! what stranger can imagine the joy, the melody, which even the secret tears of the saints cause! Believers find rich mines of silver and gold in solitary places; they fetch up precious jewels out of secret holes, out of the bottom of the ocean, where are no inhabitants. Naturalists observe that those fish are sweetest which lie hid. Saints have often sweet joy and refreshment in secret; they have meat to eat, which the world knoweth not of. The fig tree, olive, and vine would not leave their sweetness, fatness, and cheerfulness, to be kings over other trees. Judges 9:11-13 . They that know what it is to enjoy God in secret, would not leave it, or lose it, to be kings or commanders over the whole world. George Swinnock.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- The empty vessel filled. How? By meditation.
With what? God's goodness as marrow and fatness. To
what extent? Satisfaction.
- The full vessel running over. My mouth shall
praise thee with joyful lips. The soul overflows
with praise -- joyful praise. G. J. K.
Verse 5-6. Describe the nature of, and show the intimate connection between
- the believer's employments and
- his enjoyments. J. S. Bruce.