Psalm 23:5, New Living Translation
“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.”
Psalm 23 gives an accurate description of the Great Shepherd’s protection, provisions, and praises. David writes “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (23:5) so the question is; what does the “cup” represent? I believe it speaks about God’s provisions and blessings. The cup is our normal portion in life that God gives each man and woman as He pleases. God has provided all that we will ever need, even in our times of need. Our cup is not half empty…it is overflowing.
A cup runs over when it cannot hold all that is being poured into it. Psalm 23 is God’s loving care for His people, you and I. The Lord not only gives us what we need, but He gives it in abundance, even in difficult times when we don’t “feel” Him.
The Bible emphasizes the excessive love, blessing, and power that God desires to pour out on those who love Him. Jesus reflected God’s generosity when He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, NLT) God shows us excessive grace and provision for every area of our lives. He is not stingy, nor are His blessings confined to temporal things. In Christ we can have overflowing joy, overflowing love, and overflowing peace. We can bear everlasting fruit for God’s kingdom, and we can overcome impossible challenges when the Holy Spirit fills our hearts until our “cup run over” like it states in Psalm 23.
How do we get our cup to run over? We have to get rid of anything that doesn’t please God, anything that is taking up room in our lives. A glass cannot be filled with milk if it is already filled with mud, we cannot be filled with the Spirit when we are already filled with sin, pride, or self-will. Before we can be filled to overflowing, we must be willing to empty ourselves of everything that would hinder the Spirit’s working in our lives. It is only when our hearts are filled with God that we can accomplish all He desires to do in and through us. His grace knows no limits for anyone who is surrendered to Him. He desires to fill us with His Spirit until our cup runs over.
The greatest gift God offers is the gift of His presence and the provision of His spirit, which He pours out generously upon those who seek Him. God is trustworthy to provide for the needs of His people in both good and hard times. He supplies His people not just “to the brim,” but rather abundantly and generously.
When our cup overflows with God’s spirit we can then pour into the lives of others: encouraging, praying for them, and serving the way Lord intended us to. We can share in the blessings and goodness the Lord has filled us with!
We can live a joyful life through the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ and the overwhelming blessing of the Holy Spirit. God has been shown to generously provide for you and I. We can truly experience a life where our cup overflows!
Aug 27th 2022 Growing in Faith Article
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