“What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me? I will lift up a cup symbolising his salvation; I will praise the Lord’s name for saving me. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all of his people.” (Psalm 116:12-14)
Let us for a moment rest in God’s presence. Let us savour who He is, for ‘everything everywhere is filled with His presence.’ Let us think back to all He has done for us, to all His Gracious work in our lives. His majesty and beauty burst forth through the clouds, His light penetrates the darkness and who can say they are not awestruck, who would not fall to their knees and worship?
This verse does not say we can do anything to save ourselves or earn God’s Grace. We already know that Christ is a gift too wonderful for words. That Christ enters our lives and changes them, even though we never deserved it and could never pay back His generosity. But God’s Grace does bear a response. How could we not respond to such an amazing God? King David in the psalms gives a great image of the response we should have after all that the Lord has done for us.
‘I will lift up a cup symbolising his salvation.’ That is the image he gives. What comes to mind when you think of raising a cup? Have you ever had to toast at someones wedding, or raise your glass in recognition of someone? I am sure that most of you have and understand it’s meaning, but let us see why David uses this as an offering to God.
David follows with these words, ‘I will praise the Lord’s name for saving me.’ Actually, further on a few verses later (17-18), he repeats himself but also says ‘I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.’ Our first response should be one of thanksgiving and praise. The Lord has done great things for us, so we burst out in celebration for all he has done. We acknowledge and glorify His Name.
But how can we only honor Him with a celebration of words? For lifting up a cup in the Lord’s honor also means celebrating His Name in our lives. We keep our promises to the Lord to honor Him, and our lives in the presence of others echo Him and so celebrate His Name. Our response to the Lord is like a childs to their father. We celebrate God in our lives because He is our Father. We are His children and our response is love towards the Father which is shown in our celebration of Him in our lives.
So, let us celebrate the Lord in our lives! Let us lift up a cup to his salvation. We do this with thanksgiving and praise in each new day and with obedience through love, to the Father. Let us for a moment rest in God’s presence.