I love the Lord
For he heard my voice
Because he turned his ear to me
I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me
The anguish of the grave
Came upon me
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord
“O Lord, save me!”
The Lord is gracious and righteous
Our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the simplehearted
When I was in great need
He saved me.
Be at rest once more
O my soul
For the Lord has been good to you
For you, O Lord
Have delivered my soul from death
My eyes from tears
My feet from stumbling
That I may walk before the Lord
In the land of the living. …
How can I repay the Lord
For all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
And call on the name of the Lord. …
-Psalm 116:1-9; 12-13
In the context of Judaism “the cup of salvation” was the cup of wine drunk at a ‘thank offering’ meal, to celebrate deliverance by the hand of God. In the context of Christianity “the cup of salvation” is believed to be the last cup of wine offered in thanks by Yeshua at His last Passover meal with His disciples, to whom he offered it saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” … (Matt 26:27-28).
It is clear then that the ‘cup of salvation’ is for ‘thanks’ – ‘thanks’ for the forgiveness of sins, a deliverance made possible only by the hand of God.
Sin is not a funny thing. Sin is very real. Sin exists in the life of every person. There is no such thing as ‘big’ or ‘small’ sin – there is only sin, and it hinders every aspect of our lives. ‘Sin’ is not very popular these days, not because it stands between us and full fellowship with God, but because the ‘modern’ world has done away with it, and God. All our troubles are ascribed to issues concerning ‘nature or nurture’ – we were genetically predisposed to be and do things a certain way, or we had a bad upbringing and the baggage we carry from those circumstances is the only thing that weighs us down and prevents us from progressing in any healthy direction.
While ‘nature and nurture’ has an element of truth about our various situations, it is not the whole truth about us. God does not object to us trying to understand more about ourselves and the world. What He does object to is being left out of the equation. Only He knows the real problem behind the truth of your ‘nature and nurture’ situation – sin, which keeps us separated from Him, and a life of joy and peace.
Do you really want to know who you are and how you came to be the person you are today? Ask God. He can and will show you the ‘real’ you: why you do things the way you do; why you continue to feel the way you feel in spite of all you do to feel otherwise; why you just aren’t satisfied even though you are successful; why you are healed on the outside but still broken on the inside; why . . . ; why . . . ; why . . . .
Seek the Lord
While he may be found
Call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
And the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the Lord
And he will have mercy on him
And to our God
For he will freely pardon.
-Isaiah 55: 6-7
Do you want to move on with your life? Do you want to be the ‘real’ you? Do you want to grow into the human being you long to be? God cared enough about the ‘real’ you to provide a way for you to become exactly who you were meant to be – turn, seek His forgiveness, receive His pardon, be healed, rise up and be the ‘real’ you. Do not be afraid – for ‘God is gracious, righteous and full of compassion’.
The Lord is coming!