On Greatness And Gentleness - The One Year Book of Psalms

On Greatness And Gentleness

Psalm 18:30-36

30As for God, his way is perfect.

All the LORD’s promises prove true.

He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.

31For who is God except the LORD?

Who but our God is a solid rock?

32God arms me with strength;

he has made my way safe.

33He makes me as surefooted as a deer,

leading me safely along the mountain heights.

34He prepares me for battle;

he strengthens me to draw a bow of bronze.

35You have given me the shield of your salvation.

Your right hand supports me;

your gentleness has made me great.

36You have made a wide path for my feet

to keep them from slipping.

David was a great soldier and an excellent general. Everybody knew it, especially the Philistines. But in these verses David gives all the credit to God. It was God who prepared, strengthened, and supported him.

In the New Testament we are reminded that we are in a battle with the powers of darkness, “the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world” (Ephesians 6:12). How do we prepare ourselves for such spiritual warfare? As Martin Luther wrote, “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing.” We must allow God to put his armor on us. Then we can be victorious, too.

Note also in verse 35 that, amid all the military language, David says, “Your gentleness has made me great.” Ultimately, it’s not superior weaponry and strategic plans that win the battle but God’s gentleness toward us. He compassionately stoops down to lift us up and save us.

Ask God today to help you put on the armor he has offered us. Then we can be confident that the Lord will help us fend off any attack from the enemy.

Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,

And take to arm you for the fight the panoply of God;

That having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,

You may o’ercome through Christ alone and stand entire at last.


The bow of bronze in verse 34 was probably a wooden bow strengthened with metal.

David used the imagery of armor to describe how the Lord protects him. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and compare Paul’s use of armor imagery with David’s.

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The One Year Book of Psalms
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