A Short Study of Psalm 90:14-15

“O satisfy us early with Thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.” (Psalm 90:14-15)


This petition is for some spiritual comfort and refreshment to their spirits, which might keep them in heart and hope of eternal salvation. Whence learn:

1. A soul sensible of wrath hath as great hunger for spiritual comfort as a famished man hath for meat: “O satisfy us.”

2. The renewed intimation of God’s mercy, pardoning sin and making clear our reconciliation, is able to comfort us in our greatest sorrow: “O satisfy us with Thy mercy.”

3. As bodily hunger cannot suffer delay, so neither can sense of wrath and desire of favourable acceptation long endure the want of consolation; but after a night of trouble, earnestly expects a morning of comfort: “O satisfy us early with Thy mercy.”

4. A poor, hungry soul, lying under sense of wrath, will promise to itself happiness for ever, if it can but once again find what it hath sometimes felt: that is, one sweet fill of God’s sensible mercy towards it: “O satisfy us early with Thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”

5. Were our troubles ever so great, and of long continuance, the renewed imitation of God’s reconciliation to us shall season and sweeten all our trouble, recompense all our losses, and make our condition in this short and miserable life tolerable; yea, in God very comfortable: “Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.”

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