You have also given me the shield (defence, cover, surround) of Your salvation (Yeshua);
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
What on earth do the words shield and salvation have to do with a garden?
In English usage they have very little connection, particularly in our modern usage of these words. However, in Hebrew there is both a rich and powerful connection.
Let me explain.
In Hebrew the words shield and garden are derived from the same root word ganan, which means to defend, cover, surround.
Genesis 2:8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
A more literal translation of the above verse would be: "The Lord planted a shielded and enclosed garden, in Eden".
But what or who exactly was shielding and enclosing the garden?
Psalm 18:35 tells us that Yeshua (Jesus) was the defence, cover and surround protecting the garden.
The Hebrew word picture meaning for Eden is eternal life.
John 10:27 & 28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life (Eden); and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
I trust you enjoy the journey of learning to live in the reality of this gift of eternal life (Eden) which Yeshua has guaranteed with His own personal shield of protection.