They that go down to the dust, and that cannot keep alive, &c.] That is, that are low kept, and half dead, through hunger and misery. Let us not indeed neglect to call to life those who are spiritually dead. All the fat ones of the earth eat and worship, all who are gone down to the dust, and those who respited not their lives shall bow down before Him. And they shall bow that go down into the dust; their soul liveth not: that is, whose soul liveth not, by an Hebraism; it being meant, that he who is of most desperate condition, being without hope of life and salvation, his sins are so notorious, shall "eat" also of this feast, and be turned to God to "worship" and serve him; being thus plucked out of the jaws of death and everlasting destruction, as it were, being before this very hour ready to seize upon him. "Commentary on Psalms 22:29". "Commentary on Psalms 22:29". (525) Farther, as those who are fat must become lean, in order that they may present themselves to God to be fed and nourished, so David endeavors to inspire the famished with assured and undaunted confidence, lest their poverty should hinder them from coming to the banquet. He is compassed about by the assembly of the wicked, urgent to hasten his miserable end; nailed to the accursed tree, hung up in ignominy and torture; his bones ready to start through his skin; his enemies feasting their eyes with the inhuman spectacle; his tongue dry with thirst, which is insulted with vinegar mingled with gall; his blood gushing out as water upon the earth; his soul melted as wax with a sense of the divine wrath, and death coming to put at last a period to his miseries. "Commentary on Psalms 22:29". None can keep alive - `maketh alive.' Psalms 22:29. From the former experience of the saints of God: Our fathers trusted in thee, &c. As God, it may be said, Who is his father? Not that profit, sure, I cannot bring thee in the tribute of praise when my life's gone out. They. And with a deep heart feeling of the need of constant life supplies from above, let us try how often, how freely, we may be made the channels of those streams of the "water of life", -- for "none can keep alive his own soul." They shall eat and worship; devoutly partake of the eucharistical sacrifice of Christ, as the Jews did of the legal sacrifices. And none can keep.âBetter, And he who cannot keep his soul alive. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul." All, i.e. He seems as weak as water; his joints as if unloosed; his heart melted as wax, and his strength quite failing him. All they that be fat = All the great ones. Angels live in heaven with God. Surely him shall all earthâs fat ones worship. "Rich and poor", as Bishop Horne observes, "are invited" -- that is, to "worship God;" "and the hour is coming when all the race of Adam, as many as sleep in the `dust' of the earth, unable to raise themselves from thence, quickened and called forth by the voice of the Son of Man, must bow the knee to King Messiah." But the parallelism shows that this is not spoken of those actually dead, but of those not able from poverty to keep body and soul together. All they that be fat upon the earth] i.e. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 22:29". Shall bow before him - Shall worship before the true God. They that go down to the dust; they that languish and draw nigh to death, through poverty, or misery, or anguish of mind and conscience; for such are oft said to go down into or to sit in the dust, as Job 30:19 Psalms 44:25 113:7 Isaiah 29:4 47:1. "Commentary on Psalms 22:29". Grace for the rich, grace for the poor, but all lost without it. All they that be fat upon the earth (that is, the great and mighty), "shall eat and worship" "all they that go down to the dust" (that is, the mean and base), shall bow before him. Fat — Kings and princes, and the great men of the world. "Commentary on Psalms 22:29". Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. It is striking that this psalm both opens and closes with a word of Jesus from the cross. Having said that all nations should. He sets before his mind individual cases and particular facts. 4. PSALM 22:29. As the great and opulent of the earth are intended in the first clause, it is not by any means unnatural to suppose that the image of going "down to the dust", is designed to represent the poor and mean of mankind, who are unable to support themselves, and to provide for their multiplied necessities. He opens the triumphant song himself: I will declare thy name, thy glory, grace, and faithfulness, unto my brethren, the church of the faithful redeemed, whom Christ is not ashamed to call brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee; in the hearts of his militant members on earth, or at the head of his glorified saints in heaven. High and low, rich and poor; all mankind are invited to partake of the gospel-feast. The Spirit of God moved over our deadness, and breathed into us the breath of life. And worship: this is added to explain the word, and to show what kind of eating he spoke of not of a carnal, but of a spiritual feast. All they that are fat upon the earth shall eat and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him, for none can keep alive his own soul. In the day on the cross, and in the night in the garden, incessantly he cried; and yet the bitter cup might not pass from him; and herein God appeared as if he heard him not. Our physical life is kept up by supply from without -- air, food, warmth. shall eat, and worship; for as, in the first times of the Gospel, not many mighty and noble were called, yet some were; so more especially, in the latter day, many of this sort will be called, even kings and queens; who will not live upon their titles of honour, their grandeur and glory, but upon Christ and his Gospel, and will fall down before him, and serve and worship him; see Psalm 72:10; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him; such as are in mean circumstances of life; so that both rich and poor shall serve him; or who are mean in their own eyes, sit in the dust of self-abhorrence, and put their mouths in the dust, are in a low condition, out of which the Lord raises them, Psalm 113:7. Mother, who hast brought a living babe into the world, is your work done? "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". The most honourable character in the sight of God is usually that which man despiseth. Spurgeon. The same person who had to complain that he had fallen into the possession of death, becomes now the fountain of life to all who may be in similar circumstances. Shall eat, and be satisfied, as it was more fully expressed, Psalms 22:26; shall feed upon the Bread of life, Christ and all his benefits. Psalms 22:29. None can keep alive his own soul. Fierce and strong as bulls of Bashan, his enemies rushed upon him; eager as the blood-hound on his prey, they seized him; and, cruel as a ravening and roaring lion, sought to terrify his mind, while they broke him in pieces with their savage jaws. 29. So the Hebrew properly means, and this accords better with the connection. 1. The last clause, literally, who made not alive his own soul, is equivalent to, "who could not deliver themselves from that death, into whose hands they had fallen.". When, therefore, the rich hear that food is offered to them elsewhere than in earthly abundance, let them learn to use the outward good things which God has bestowed upon them for the purposes of the present life, with such sobriety as that they may not be disgusted with spiritual food, or turn away from it, through loathing. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. [2.] Such things he endured for us men, and for our salvation. BibliographyHengstenberg, Ernst. He who was just about to perish is now seen kneeling at the sacrificial feast, in honour of this great salvation.”—Alexander. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Compare Luke 14:16. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-22.html. himself, as the soul is oft taken; and quickening may be put either for nourishing, as Isaiah 7:21, or for comforting, as here, Psalms 22:26, or preserving life, whether temporal or spiritual and eternal, as Genesis 19:19 Ezekiel 13:19 18:27. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me, and art so far from helping me, when under the bitterest agonies of soul, as well as tormenting pains in my body, and from the words of my roaring, when with an exceeding loud and bitter cry I bemoan my sufferings? Thus the connection with the context is: Alike the rich who enjoy the fullness of life, and the abject who lie dead in the dust, shall bow before Him, even as all draw all life from Him (Psalms 22:26, end); because none can quicken (so translate, as in Deuteronomy 32:39.
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