I just love my Lord who hides such wonderful little gems throughout the Bible.
My initial gut reaction to this was, "Up until I die? Really? Am I not supposed to call on Him forever? To be His forever after I die as well as before?" And then it hit me like a ton of elephant in the room.
The verse isn't just talking about this temporary side of life. It's talking about life eternal after I die as well.
"As long as I live": In Jesus Christ, I will live forever. I will be alive with my Lord forever, and I will call on His name forever.
*sigh* Such a happy reality.
Onto the second treasure!
Basically, this has the same meaning as the previous verse: I will love the Lord for He has first loved me. But then I saw one very important specification of how I am to love Him.
"I will lift the cup of salvation": I thought of Jesus at the last supper.
The eating of the bread and drinking of the cup is such a beautiful symbol of the communion and deliverance I have with Jesus. His blood spilled for the atoning of my sin, becoming one with Him and abiding in Him to fullness of joy. Because He has loved me unto death and back, I will raise Him, the cup of salvation, higher than any other and call upon His name.
Yet this is the Psalms, written a thousand years before Jesus came to earth incarnate. I doubted and thought it could possibly mean a drink offering such as the Israelites offered back then. But "salvation."
I looked it up, suspecting.
My hunch was correct.
The Hebrew word for salvation in this verse is ישועה which is a derivative of ישוע (transliteration: yeshua), Jesus' Hebrew name.
*shakes head in wonder* I love my Lord.