PSALM 75 - Drinking the Cup 15 Jan 2020
When the disciples of Jesus ask to sit at the right hand of Jesus in his kingdom, Jesus asks them if they can drink the cup. In this psalm the cup of wine is a cup of judgement for the haughty. The ones who drink the cup will be judged: the wicked on the earth will drink it.
1 Cor 11:27-30 says: "Therefore anyone who eats the bread
or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily
is answerable for the body and blood of the Lord.
28 Everyone is to examine himself
and only then eat of the bread or drink from the cup;
because a person who eats and drinks without recognising the body
is eating and drinking his own condemnation.
30 That is why many of you are weak and ill and a good number have died."
1 [For the choirmaster. Tune: 'Do not destroy'
Psalm Of Asaph. Song]
We give thanks to you, God, we give thanks to you,
as we call upon your name, as we recount your wonders.
2 'At the appointed time I myself shall dispense justice.
3 The earth quakes and all its inhabitants;
it is I who hold its pillars firm. Pause'
4 'I said to the boastful, "Do not boast!"
to the wicked, "Do not flaunt your strength!
5 Do not flaunt your strength so proudly,
do not talk with that arrogant stance." '
6 No longer from east to west,
no longer in the mountainous desert,
7 is God judging in uprightness,
bringing some down, raising others.
8 Yahweh is holding a cup filled with a heady blend of wine;
he will pour it, they will drink it to the dregs,
all the wicked on earth will drink it.
9 But I shall speak out for ever,
shall make music for the God of Jacob.
10 I shall break down all the strength of the wicked,
and the strength of the upright will rise high.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.