Your congregation has dwelled therein: you, O God, have prepared of your goodness for the poor.
The reference is to God's care of Israel in the wilderness. But God still cares for men.
I. THE NATURE OF HIS GOODNESS. It is seen in the produce of the ground. The brute creation as wall as man share in this, but the corn is especially for man. Judea was famous for its corn. By a bold metaphor, Moses speaks of "the kidneys of the wheat." And as there, so here "the barns shall be full of wheat." We are hindered in seeing the goodness of God herein by its constant repetition and by the moans — second causes — which He employs. But if some things hinder our seeing, others may help. Think how easily he could have destroyed all our hopes; and how dreadful if He had; and yet how righteously, for our sins, He might have done this.
II. THE SUBJECTS OF HIS GOODNESS — "the poor." It is not for them exclusively, but they are spoken of as being the mass of mankind: they would be most affected by deficiency: God would encourage them to trust in Him; and He would have the rich care for the poor, for He does.
Parallel VersesKJV: Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.