I’m having my first cup of coffee this morning as I read Psalm 116. Verses twelve and thirteen make me think, “Yes, I can raise my cup of strong, black coffee in praise to the Lord for my salvation.” In many ways this café noir does symbolize the Lord’s salvation. Just as this stout cup of java pulls me from the slumber of a good night’s rest the Lord’s salvation one day awoke me from the dormancy of my previous life into full awareness of the rich, abundant life that awaited me in Christ. The dark elixir quickly courses through my body energizing me for the day’s activities just as the Spirit fills me with excitement and desire for his service.
Just last night I read how some of the latest studies show coffee is good for your heart. It is high in soluble fiber and is also a good source of antioxidants. Both of these help remove harmful byproducts such as cholesterol and cancer causing agents from our body. If we allow it the Lord’s salvation will likewise cleanse our hearts of all the crud that has built up over the years. It will open up our spiritual arteries so that we can hear the Spirit speaking to our heart and so that we’ll have the desire to follow what we hear.
And finally, just as I like my coffee pure, strong and black the Lord’s salvation is sufficient in itself. No need for added ‘sugar and cream’ to complete it. The work is done. The job complete. My part is to accept the Lord’s salvation as he offers it and enjoy the bold, full-bodied, abundant life. Of course, there is much more to come in this life as a Christ follower. That first cup of coffee will not nourish me for the full day. It is only the beginning – a great start for what lies ahead. Just as I need meals and snacks throughout the day to maintain my energy I must continually learn and grow in my walk with Jesus if I am to fully embrace the abundant life he offers.
So, yes Lord. I lift my steaming cup of joe in praise to you for saving me and for filling me with a desire for your abundant life!