As part of my 25 for 25 (25 devotionals leading up to 25 December), here is Day # 10: This is our second of seven Christmas devotionals focused on Psalms. Although not initially obvious as a Messianic prophecy, Psalm 18:49 can only truly be fulfilled by Jesus. In this psalm David is recognizing and worshipping God for His salvation from enemies, especially Saul. So, in the end, when he says,
“Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles,
And sing praises to Your name.”
…David is clearly looking towards a future where the Messiah provides salvation to Gentiles (non-Hebrews). I had a friend ask the other day about Jesus’ earthly ministry only being to the Jews. True, they were His first priority (Matthew 10:5-6) but He did minister to the Gentiles also. We have the knowledge here, now we must see God’s wisdom on how this applies to the lives around us. Jesus’ long-term mission was to save everyone regardless of their bloodline or where they came from. The fulfilment of this psalm is seen in Ephesians 3:4-6:
“…by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel…”
As we read through the Bible this Christmas keep an eye out for prophesies and promises that may not be overtly “Christmasy” but are overtly about Jesus’ love!