…My cup runneth over…. ~Psalm 23:5c
Without question, Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and well-loved psalms in the Bible. It is memorized by most Christians, quoted at many memorial services, and referred to during difficult times. The focus in this psalm is the Lord Jesus Christ as our Great Shepherd. The writer pictures God’s people as sheep under the protection and care of our Great Shepherd. As our Great Shepherd, He laid down His life for the sheep so that our sins could be paid in full. As our Great Shepherd, Jesus rose again from the dead. As our Great Shepherd, He makes us perfect in every good work to do His will, working that which is well-pleasing in His sight. David describes our position in Christ as “my cup runneth over.”
We should be overflowing in our security.
We tend to have insecurities that control us. We are insecure about most things and many relationships of life. Think about the security that Jesus gives for our welfare. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.” He looks out for our spiritual welfare. Think about the security that He gives us in our warfare. David speaks about walking in the valley of the shadow of death. Yet, he said, “I will fear no evil.” Then, he said, “For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” We are never in true danger because the Lord is with us. He defends us, He stays with us, and He comforts us.
We should be overflowing in the Spirit.
“Thou anointest my head with oil.” An anointing pictures God’s approval. It pictures God’s selection and bestowal of power. It is a powerful picture of God’s power for service and an unhindered walk in the Spirit. We need more than just the power of God: we need to be overflowing with the power of God. We can never have too much of the Spirit. We need the Spirit to permeate, saturate, and control all of our being. Spirit-filled men are men who are completely surrendered to the Holy Spirit. In Luke 4, we see the Spirit-anointed ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. He preached in the Spirit, He ministered in the Spirit, and He walked in the Spirit.
We should be overflowing in our sojourning.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Our sojourning refers to our pilgrimage in this life. We are passing through this life and trying to make an impact everywhere God leads us. Our sojourning should represent that God is with us. It is evident whenever we have goodness and mercy. David had tough times, but goodness and mercy followed him. He was constantly on the go for more than ten years. He had to find refuge in the outdoors, in caves, and in difficult places. Yet, he overflowed with goodness and mercy because of our Lord. His greatest desire was to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I believe David looked forward to Heaven, but he thought about the earthly tabernacle and the happiness that comes with our pilgrimage.
We should be overflowing in our satisfaction.
“The LORD is my shepherd: I shall not want.” David overflowed with satisfaction. He found all that he needed in life in Jesus. There is a correlation to contentment in life and our satisfaction with Jesus. In Psalm 23, David is satisfied with Who Jesus is, what Jesus can do, and how Jesus works. We must be more than satisfied: we must overflow with satisfaction! Make sure your cup is running over today!
Have an overflowing God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Joshua 16-18