Psalm 116 is a happy Psalm of exultation and dedication. Here is one who has found reason for his devotion to the Lord our Saviour. We hear so much today about praising God for who He is and not what He has done but such philosophical reasoning is confusing rather than helpful. Here is a plain statement that gives purpose to one’s devotion, “I love the Lord because he has heard my voice and my supplications.”
Why do you love the Lord? My devotion began when I realised the Lord had saved me from actual physical death. When the doctors gave me no hope He became my hope and healed me. The moment I, as a young child realised what the Lord had done for me I dedicated my whole life to him and have lived that way ever since.
Yet, how deep is that devotion? What depth of devotion does the Psalmist display in this song? Hidden within his words I found a statement that surprised me for this songwriter’s devotion was not just surface but went to the core of his being. He sings, “I will take the cup of Jesus (the KJV reads, “salvation” but the original word is “Yeshua” which is the name God gave His Only Begotten Son) and call upon the name of the Lord.”
Immediately I recalled the words of Jesus, “Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink?”
Notice that the taking of this cup is what the Psalmist chooses to “render to the Lord for all his benefits”.
Redeemed love – saved love knows no limits but gleefully gives all to the one who rewarded them so graciously. The next time you are rejoicing in God’s bountiful goodness toward you think on this question, how deep is your love? Then devote yourself to “taking the cup of Jesus” for, though you think yourself not able I assure you His grace is sufficient for you.
Mainly, I love the Lord
because I connect Him to
my parents, who used to
take me to synagogue, and
whom are both now deceased.
I have a very kvetchy relationship with Him, but
Jesus is helping to heal that.