Today, I am going to share with you from my daily devotion entries. I hope you enjoy it and I pray that God will speak to you.
I know. It’s a psalm we all know. I memorized it too when I was a kid but one day, God showed that there so much more to this psalm than I realized.
Today I would like to speak to you from verse 5.
‘My cup overflows’.
I like to picture the verses I speak in my mind. It brings reality to the picture. When I read this verse, the first picture that came to my mind was that of a tumbler overflowing with water because the tap had been left open and forgotten about. And then God showed me something.
You see, there are some things you can infer and observe from an overflowing cup .
- When a cup overflows with a substance, it shows the abundance of the source of that substance.
- When a cup overflows, the substance brings changes to the outside of the cup. For example, if the substance is coloured, the real colour of the cup is gradually replaced by the colour of what the cup is overflowing with.
If we look at ourselves as the cup, which is appropriate because we are vessels and our bodies are the temple of the Lord.
When the cup overflows, it shows the abundance of the source. We know that this psalm is about God as a shepherd. David had a unique way of seeing God and an incredible revelation of his love and mercy. Why is his cup overflowing? Because the love and mercies God is showing him is so great. He is focused on the abundance of God as a giver and not on his worth as a receiver. He can’t make sense of why God is choosing to bless him this way. In our Christian life with God, we may think about all the good things we have done in life and try to compare it with God’s blessings. The result is this picture of an overflowing cup. We won’t be able to make sense of it.
When a cup overflows, it brings changes to the outside of the cup. Christian life is not about your love for God but God’s love for you. When you realise that and you accept his love into your life, the very essense of God floods you and overflows, bringing peace, joy and love into your life, effectively changing your interaction with people and the way people see you. After you are born again, gradually, people will see more and more of the Jesus in you, which is the best reputation you can have! When a cup overflows, the inside and outside of the cup is covered by the same substance. This is true in our day to day Christian lives. Why do we change after we are born again? The substance first fills us. And changes us on the inside. And then it overflows and changes the way we are to others-the way we speak, the way we live etc.
David was surprised by God’s unconditional love and it transformed him. It revealed to him who God is and it changed the way he did things.
This may sound far stretched to some but I believe the Holy Spirit guided the writing of the scriptures and that no word is therefore without meaning. I believe the Holy Spirit used that phrase of a cup overflowing to show how the love God can change a person, his perspective of God and his way of life. The David who set out down the valley to kill the giant Goliath was overflowing with the love and blessing of God. It changed the way he looked at the giant. What he said was different from what the others said and on that day, it was not the shepherd boy, David that the people of Israel saw but the God that lived in him.
I hope you enjoyed this post. God bless you and have an absolutely amazing day, knowing your cup is overflowing with the love and goodness of God! Go out and fight those giants!