You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.” – Psalm 18:35 (NASB)
What is the shield that protects us from the evil forces? References to the ‘right hand’ in Scripture often refer literally in the way we use the term about one’s dominant hand. The term is also used as a metaphor to prominence and strength. In our verse today is David describes God’s power and gentleness that is employed for our benefit and His glory. The psalm, written “in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” Throughout the 50 verses David gives praise and acknowledges the LORD as his deliverer. “Right hand” is also used when God speaks of holding our right hand or giving our right-hand strength. We also find the right hand of God as a symbol of protection, presence, and saving power. We can rejoice that God promises to both hold us up by His right hand and to hold onto us by our right hand. Besides the use of God’s right hand as a source of His power in our lives we also have a shield He has given to us. That shield is His salvation promised and given to us.