Quantcast
You are visiting from Ashburn,VA,US

Psalm 116 - What is the Cup of Salvation?

What is the cup of salvation compared to other "cups" figuratively referred to in scripture?

Thanks for your question.

There is not a lot of information about the "cup of salvation" mentioned in this Psalm. However, here are some thoughts on the cup of salvation.

Here is a quote and a link regarding the Psalm but it is not that helpful regarding your precise question.

"Psalm 116 is a psalm that praises the LORD for answered prayer and promises lifelong praise for it. The psalmist can look forward to a long, tranquil life because the LORD proved Himself gracious to him. The psalmist had not lost faith in the great time of trouble, and so can now praise the LORD and edify others. In a word, then, the psalm is a praise for deliverance from imminent danger of death.
(from: The Hallel Psalms)"

Your parallel with Joseph's cup is interesting but I think only deeply relevant to the Psalm if there is a means of linking the meal that Joseph and his brothers shared (Genesis 43:26-34) with Passover.

The idea of "The cup" seems to have a particular reference to judgement: Judgement to destruction or judgement to salvation. To those in Christ, the celebration of the "passover" is duplicated in partaking of the true "cup of salvation" when we remember the shed blood of our Lord in the "communion" service week by week.

Here are some references to the cup - It seems to convey the fullness of the blessing or, conversely, the cursing by God of those who partake of the cup. The contents of the cup lead to intoxicating joy or destruction. Is it the same cup but the only difference being the state of the drinker? (like the stone in Matt 21:44 - same stone but different effects depending on the individuals involved)

  • Cup of salvation: Psalm 116:13
  • Cup of fury, trembling, shame: Isa 51:17, 22; Jer 25:15, Hab 2:16; Zech 12:2
  • Cup of astonishment and desolation: Jer 23:33
  • Cup of consolation: Jer 16:7
  • Cup of blessing/the Lord: 1 Cor 10:16, 21; 11:27 (same as Ps 116? "the after supper" cup? brings into question the idea of using a common cup in communion services as some insist upon as each drank this "toast" with his own cup)
  • Cup of demons (idols): 1 Cor 10:21
  • Cup of indignation/fierce wrath: Rev 14:10; 16:19
  • Cup of abominations: Rev 17:4
  • Cup of judgement: Rev 18:6

We can have fellowship with God either by drinking deeply of the glorious cup of salvation or of the cup of His wrath when His fury is poured out upon a world lost in sin and degradation. One would prefer to be handed the cup of salvation rather than the cup of His wrath at the judgement day

I hope you have found this helpful. I would appreciate it if you would share with me the results of your study.

God bless and keep you in His way,
Mike

 
Bible Questions and Answers
Browse all the questions that have been asked at ThisisyourBible.com and see their answers,   read the most recent questions and answers,  or have a look at some prepared questions and answers on key Bible themes.
 
__________________________________________________________________________________________________