Psalm 69:32

32 The poor will see and be glad— you who seek God, may your hearts live!

Read Psalm 69:32 Using Other Translations

The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.

What does Psalm 69:32 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 69:32

The humble shall see [this, and] be glad
The resurrection and exaltation of Christ, ( Psalms 69:29 ) ; the meek and humble followers of Christ, as his disciples were, saw him risen from the dead, saw him alive, to whom he showed himself forty days after his resurrection; they saw his hands, and feet, and side, and the prints of the nails and spear in them; they saw him go up to heaven, to be set on high at the right hand of God; and humble believers now see him by faith, crowned with glory and honour; and as the disciples were glad, and rejoiced when they saw him again, and when he was parted from them, and went up to heaven, ( John 20:20 ) ( Luke 24:51-53 ) ; so true believers in Christ, who have a spiritual sight of a risen, ascended, and exalted Saviour, are glad, and rejoice in him with joy unspeakable, and full of glory, ( 1 Peter 1:8 ) ; they rejoice in the righteousness he has brought in, in the atonement that he has made, and in the salvation he has wrought out, which is so suitable for them; and because they do or will share in all the blessings of his resurrection, ascension, and exaltation; such as regeneration, justification, every supply of grace, and perseverance in it, the resurrection of their bodies, and eternal glorification: and "humble" ones are such as are humbled under a sense of sin, and the exceeding sinfulness of it, in a view of their own righteousness, and its insufficiency to justify them before God: they ascribe all they have and are to the free grace of God; and all boasting is excluded from them, save in Christ; they are such that learn of him, who is meek and lowly; and behave humbly before men, esteem others better than themselves; and are in their own account the chief of sinners, and the least of saints: and as they are, for the most part, "afflicted", and so some render the word F16 here; they are humble under the mighty hand of God, and patiently bear it;

and your heart shall live that seek God;
that seek his face and favour, his gracious presence, and communion with him; that seek, by prayer and supplications, blessings from him; that seek him in Christ, where he is to be found; that seek Christ, and righteousness and salvation by him, and that early, earnestly, and diligently; that seek the things of Christ, the honour of his name, and the good of his interest; and who, in a word, are the true and spiritual worshippers of God; these seek him, and he seeks them. The Targum is,

``that seek doctrine from before God;''

and the hearts of those revived, who were as dead men before, as were the two disciples travelling to Emmaus, when they found that Christ was risen, ( Luke 24:17-35 ) ; just as the spirit of old Jacob revived, when he understood that his son Joseph was alive, ( Genesis 45:27 ) ; see ( Psalms 22:26 ) ( John 16:22 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F16 (Mywne) "afflicti", Vatablus, Musculus; "miseri", Gejerus; "mansueti ac miseri", Michaelis.
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