You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows (PSALM 23:5 Esv).
In the Bible, an overflowing cup is a symbol of total satisfaction. David writes “my cup overflows” in order to express that he has everything he needs.
When his flock needed water and there were no streams, a shepherd would lead his flock to a well. Some wells were very deep, and by lowering and raising a bucket, he would fill large stone cups beside the well with water. Sheep do not like to get wet, so the shepherd made sure that the cups were filled to overflowing. They were satisfied when they could drink with ease.
The blessings of God upon his children are just as generous. Think for just a moment how much cup truly overflows with God’s compassion, generosity, and forgiveness. God doesn’t simply pardon us or answer our prayers, he does exceedingly more.
When Jesus turned water into wine, he produced 120 gallons, enough for ten weddings. When he fed five thousand people, he had twelve baskets left over.
Our cup overflows with abundance because that is the nature of our God. God fills our cup with his blessings to overflowing because he wants us to fellowship with him forever.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
God’s nature is giving—and not in a begrudging or stingy way. No, God gives gladly and abundantly…more than we can ask for or imagine.
It’s a tragedy that so many of us live far below what God has provided for us. No matter how much we think we have received from God, there is always more. Not necessarily in a material sense, but he always offers us more of him. More peace. More joy. A cup that overflows with blessing after blessing after blessing.
If you have neglected to appreciate your overflowing cup, it’s time to renew your thanks and offer up praise for every drop. If you have yet to see your cup overflow, then talk to the shepherd. Learn to see God’s abundant provision by faith first, not by sight.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.