BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 116 – Headline “Cup of Salvation”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Psalm 116

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The meaning of the “cup of Salvation”
  • Similar verses with Jonah
  • A shadow to the prophecy of Jesus’ afflictions

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

Psalm 116:1 I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.

Psalm 116:Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:The pains (Lit. cords) of death surrounded me,
  • Jonah 2:3 3 For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas (of people), and the floods (armies) surrounded me;

And the pangs (distresses) of Sheol laid hold of me (Lit. found me);
I found trouble and sorrow.
  • Jonah 2:2 “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.

Psalm 116:Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”
  • Jonah 2:6 Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God.
Psalm 116:Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.

Psalm 116:The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
  • Jonah 2:3 For You cast me into the deep,

Psalm 116:Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
  • Hosea 5:15 I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”
Psalm 116:For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.


Psalm 116:I will walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.

Psalm 116:10 I believed, therefore I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
  • Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
  • Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

Psalm 116:11 I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.”
Psalm 116:12 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?

Psalm 116:13 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
  • Note: The last supper.
  • The “cup of salvation” is the “cup of Jesus” since Jesus’ name means salvation in Greek and Yeshua in Hebrew.
  • The “cup of Jesus” is the cup of affliction and death:
    • Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
    • John 18:11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

Psalm 116:14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.
  • Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You
    With the voice (song) of thanksgiving;
    I will pay what I have vowed.
    Salvation is of the Lord.”
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.
  • Somewhat of a terrifying verse unless men know what God has prepared for them.
    • 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Psalm 116:16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant;
You have loosed my bonds.

Psalm 116:17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call upon the name of the Lord.
Psalm 116:18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people,
  • A duplicate of verse fourteen.
Psalm 116:19 In the courts of the Lord’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! (Heb. Hallelujah)

Of all the people on earth,
God chose the Jews.
Of all the places on earth,
God chose the Promised Land,
Of all the places in the Promised Land,
God chose Jerusalem.
Of all the places in Jerusalem
God chose the Temple Site.
Of all the places in the temple,
God chose the Holy of Holies to make His presence known
On the Ark of the Covenant
And in the womb of a woman.

~Unknown

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