Ps.18:35 – You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your right hand upholds me;
And Your gentleness makes me great.
One of the things which is hard for us to grasp is the humility or condescension of the Lord. The greatness of God is infinite and for Him to be revealed in creation in any way is unthinkable. David had experienced the visitations of the Lord and realized just how outrageous that was. David said his greatness or power came from the gentleness of the Lord. We have a whole other level to deal with than David; God actually came among us as one of us. He still remains one of us as our mediator in heaven. This is astonishing. The maker of rainbows and sunshine, moonbeams and galaxies, and human and angels has come among us. Unthinkable. This is infinite condescension, continuous gentleness and humility; this is the unveiling of our great God that changes our lives. Here is how Spurgeon describes this.
“Certain learned annotators tell us that the text means, “Thy humility hath made me great.” “Thy condescension”, may perhaps, serve as a comprehensive reading, combining the ideas which we have already mentioned, as well as that of humility. It is God’s making himself little which is the cause of our being made great. We are so little that if God should manifest his greatness without condescension, we should be trampled under his feet; but God, who must stoop to view the skies and bow to see what angels do, looks to the lowly and contrite, and makes them great.”
In our fallen state, we are blinded to God’s greatness and to the humility displayed in Christ. We become consumed with our own talents and accomplishments. This pride keeps us from ever experiencing the greatness of God. Seeing His greatness and His humility humbles us. That place of brokenness allows the Lord to pour His greatness into us. Paul said that the Lord chooses the weak and the foolish of this world to confound the wise and powerful. Sometimes being great in the eyes of the world is a curse instead of a blessing. When you are consumed with your own self importance you can never see His goodness. This is the astounding thing about the humanity of Christ. He was born in weakness to display God’s power. He was crucified in weakness so that we could see God’s power in the resurrection. Look at God’s greatness in Christ; that is the place our pride is broken and His gentleness makes us powerful.