Psalm 18:50 He gives great deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forever.
What greater deliverance has God given than the deliverance from death experienced by Jesus of Nazareth?
As it says in Hebrews:
Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, [Christ] offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.
In Psalm 18:50 David is speaking of “great deliverance” for “God’s king,” – that is, “God’s anointed.” Then David makes specific reference to himself (God’s king and God’s anointed) and to his seed (see the marginal note in the NASB where “descendants” is shown to literally be “seed”). Following Paul’s direction in Galatians 3:16, we can rightly understand “seed” in such a context to refer to Christ – the Messiah.
This seed of David would be God’s king and God’s anointed in a greater way than was true of David. David knew they while he himself would die and follow the experience of all humanity in that regard, his seed, the Messiah, would see a different outcome (Acts 2:30-31).
Thus David is prophesying of the resurrection to heaven of the Messiah, and His rule in God’s name.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.