The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 103:5
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things…
With the good
things in the heart of God, with his favour and lovingkindness, as
with marrow and fatness; with the good things in the hands of Christ,
with the fulness of grace in him, with pardon, righteousness, and
salvation by him; with the good things of the Spirit of God, his gifts
and graces; and with the provisions of the Lord's house, the goodness
and fatness of it; these he shows unto his people, creates hungerings
and thirstings in them after them, sets their hearts a longing after
them, and then fills and satisfies them with them: hence the
Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions render it, "who filleth
thy desire with good things": the word used has sometimes the
signification of an ornament; wherefore Aben Ezra interprets it of the
soul, which is the glory and ornament of the body, and renders it, "who
satisfieth thy soul with good things"; which is not amiss: "so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's"; not the youth of the body, or the
juvenile vigour of it; nor the outward prosperity of it; but the youth
of grace, or a renewal of spiritual love and affection to divine and
heavenly persons and things; of holy zeal for God, his ways and
worship; for Christ, his Gospel, truths, and ordinances; of spiritual
joy and comfort, strength, liveliness, and activity, as formerly were
in the days of espousals, in the youth of first conversion, or when
first made acquainted with the best things; so that though the outward
man may decay, yet the inward man is renewed day by day: and this is
said to be "like the eagle's", whose youth and strength are renewed, as
some observe F1, by dropping their feathers, and having new ones, by
feeding upon the blood of slain creatures; and whereas, when they are
grown old, the upper part of their bill grows over the lower part F2,
so that they are not able, to eat, but must die through want; Austin
F3 says, that by rubbing it against a rock, it comes to its use of
eating, and so recovers its strength: but there is no need to have
recourse to any of these things; for as the old age of au eagle is
lively and vigorous, like the youth of another creature; so it is here
signified, that saints through the grace of God, even in old age,
become fat and flourishing, and fruitful, and are steadfast and
immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, run and are not
weary, walk and faint not, (Isaiah 40:31) , all which are inestimable
mercies, and the Lord is to be praised for them.
F1 Ambrosii Opera, tom. 5. p. 78.
F2 Aristot. de Animal. l. 9. c. 32. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 3.
F3 Opera, tom. 8. in Psal. 102. fol. 474. c.
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