Some Messianic undertones in our Psalms today which is always exciting to get into, considering that this Psalms was written literally hundreds of years before Christ entered time and took on the form of a man, but today’s Psalms gives us some shades of Christ even though it was written by David who literally lived 1000 years before Christ came.
Psa 18:35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.
Looking at that through the lens of The Gospel, the shield of Your salvation is Christ’s death, theologically when we hear the word “salvation” that refers to us being spared the death sentence from our sins, the Hebrew word for salvation is Yesha which means “saved” or “rescued”, then next part of the verse says “your right hand uphold me”.
The New Testament commonly refers to the Right Hand as a divine place where Christ sits in the heavens; think “seated at the right hand of the father” which is mentioned in the Gospels and Paul’s epistles.
Finally, “Your gentleness makes me great” – gentleness refers to meekness, we think of the attributes of Christ in His earthly ministry, he was humble, lowly, meek, gentle. Christ certainly was meek in His time here on earth, didn’t own anything, we think how the Ruler of The Universe came and really had nothing to call His own, no donkey of His own to ride into Jerusalem on, no home at all, and He was born in a manger or an animal trough. Very lowly existence, yet – His humble submission to do His Father’s will, or die for our sins so that we could be made right is what the Psalms eludes to today…”Your gentleness or meekness is what makes me great”.
Again, absolutely incredible reading these Psalms that paint a picture of Christ’s coming that were written 1000 years before hand. Awesome stuff.