Psalms 145:16

16 You 1open your hand; you 2satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalms 145:16 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 145:16

Thou openest thine hand
Not of providence, but of grace, in which all things are, and from whence they come; and which the Lord opens liberally and bountifully, and gives out all things richly to enjoy; all things pertaining to life and godliness; grace here, with all the supplies of it, and glory hereafter: and satisfiest the desire of every living thing;
not of every savage creature; every lion, bear, wolf for then there would be no living in some parts of the world: nor of every carnal, lustful, worldly, and covetous man; who never say they have enough, or are ever satisfied: but of everyone that is made spiritually alive, quickened by the Spirit and grace of God; these desire spiritual things, spiritual food, more grace and more communion with God, and conformity to Christ; and these desires are before the Lord; and sooner or later they are satisfied, they have what they desire; especially this will be their case, when they awake in the divine likeness. The words may be rendered, "and satisfies every living one with that which is acceptable [with] favour" F9; with good will; with lovingkindness; which is better than life: so Naphtali is said to be "satisfied with favour", ( Deuteronomy 33:23 ) ; as all living saints are or will be.


F9 (Nwur) "re acceptabili", Gussetius, p. 803. "benedictione", V. L. "beneplacito", Piscator, Gejerus; "benevolentia", Cocceius.

Psalms 145:16 In-Context

14 The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 104:28
  • 2. [Psalms 104:21; Psalms 147:8]