The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
The eyes of all wait upon thee
Not of all creatures, the beasts of the field, the fishes of the sea, and fowls of the air, as in (Psalms 104:27 Psalms 104:28) ; but of all the Lord’s people, who are subject to fall and be depressed: these, as they look unto him for deliverance and salvation, and wait upon him for it, and expect it from him; so their eyes are directed to him for their spiritual food, as well as for their temporal bread, and ask it of him, and wait to have it from him:
and thou givest them their meat in due season;
the meat which endures to everlasting life; the flesh of Christ, which is meat indeed; the doctrines of the Gospel, which, as some of them are milk for babes, others are meat for strong men, or strong meat for experienced believers: and these are given forth under Christ’s direction, by his ministering servants, who are his wise and faithful stewards, that give to everyone of the family their portion of meat in due season, which is the word fitly spoken; and, when it is so, how good it is! (Luke 12:42) (Proverbs 15:23) . This is food convenient for them, given out “in his time”, as in the original; either in the Lord’s time, which he sees best; or in their time, as the Syriac version, when they most need it, and it will do them most good.
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”; 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.
John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible