Discovered Treasures in Psalm 116

I just love my Lord who hides such wonderful little gems throughout the Bible.

Because he [the Lord] inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
— Psalm 116:2

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! 

What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
— Psalm 116:12-13

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. 

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and have it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.’
— Luke 22:19-20

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.