Have you ever taken the time to purposely recount all of the blessings that the Lord has showered your way? In Psalm 23 David speaks descriptively of how the Lord takes care of him just as a shepherd takes care of his sheep. He describes the green pastures and still waters. He restores him when he falls and gives expert guidance in the paths of right living. David also exalts his Shepherd for being right there with him when he walks through the dark valleys of life. He uses the rod for protection and the staff to pull him free from trouble. David’s wonderful Shepherd also prepared a table of abundant provision even when the enemies were present. The Shepherd lavishly anointed his sheep with oil. After describing in such a beautiful way how lovingly and extravagantly the Lord took care of him David simply summed it all up by saying: “my cup runs over” (Psalm 23:5).
During a quiet week of vacation sitting on the banks of a northern Georgia river I took the opportunity to recount how the Lord has taken care of me and blessed me far beyond what I deserve. I recalled how he has taken care of all my needs and given me strength to go through the various dark valleys. I thanked him for my family and the way He is working in their lives. I praised Him for giving me my wonderful wife and how she has served alongside me these many years. I thanked Him for my ministry and the unique privilege that I have had in serving the Lord as a pastor for many years. Most of all I thanked the Lord for being my Shepherd and never leaving me alone. As I thought of all of these blessings I noticed that David said my cup runs over, not my cup used to run over, or I look for the day when my cup will run over in the future.
I don’t know about you but as I look at my life I can’t help but lift my eyes up to my Shepherd and truly say to Him: “my cup runs over”.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation