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My Cup Runs Over

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Dean Butler

Life can often feel overwhelming, with pressures and demands pushing us to our limits. Yet, in the midst of this chaos, there is a promise from God that speaks of abundance and blessing: "My cup runs over" (Psalm 23:5).

This statement from Psalm 23 reminds us of God's generosity and care. When David wrote these words, he was expressing his trust in God's provision and goodness. Despite his many trials, he recognized that God was his shepherd, providing for all his needs.

The Shepherd’s Provision

In Psalm 23, David depicts God as a shepherd who leads, protects, and provides for His sheep. Just as a shepherd ensures his flock has everything they need, God promises to provide for us abundantly. When David says, "My cup runs over," he is expressing that God's blessings are not just sufficient but overflowing. This abundance is about experiencing God's love, grace, and mercy in every aspect of our lives.

Abundance in Every Area

1. Spiritual Abundance: Our relationship with God is the greatest blessing. Jesus said, "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’" (John 7:38). When we draw near to God, He fills our lives with His Spirit, bringing peace, joy, and purpose.

2. Emotional Abundance: God offers us comfort and hope, even in our darkest moments. Psalm 34:18 says, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." His presence brings a sense of security and peace, helping us navigate life's challenges.

3. Relational Abundance: God's love for us teaches us how to love others. As we experience His forgiveness and grace, we become vessels of His love, able to extend the same to those around us.

4. Material Abundance: While our faith isn't measured by material wealth, God promises to meet our needs. Philippians 4:19 assures us, "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

Living in the Overflow

Living with an overflowing cup means recognizing and embracing God's blessings in every area of our lives. It involves a heart of gratitude, acknowledging that every good gift comes from Him (James 1:17). As we focus on His goodness, our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance.

Moreover, this overflow isn't meant to be kept to ourselves. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. When our cup runs over, we are called to share the love, grace, and resources God has given us with those around us.

 "My cup runs over" is a powerful declaration of God's abundant provision and care. It reminds us that in Him, we lack nothing and that His blessings are meant to overflow into every part of our lives and beyond. Let’s embrace this promise, trusting in God’s goodness, and allowing His blessings to flow through us to a world in need.

 Fifty years ago, I committed my life to serving the Lord. I hold an associate degree in Christian Education and a bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling.  I live by 1 Corinthians 9:16, Ephesians 3:7-8, and Colossians 1:28-29. In my retirement, I focus on study and sharing the teachings of God’s Word with others. Besides writing this Blog I maintain 3 Facebook pages dedicated to spreading the Word of God. Email:

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