My Cup Runneth Over!
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
I was thinking about David, and how much this psalm really outlines his life. He was a lone and insignificant shepherd to the world, but God saw him and knew him well. He cared for him as a shepherd-boy and kept him safe for the future He had prepared for David. Then Samuel visited his dad, and had to ask for him to be called in from the fields, but at God's decree his head was anointed with oil and he was made King of Israel. Then God cared for him through many valleys of the shadow of death, and had him served many banquets, and brought the united kingdom of Israel under his leadership, and made his cup truly run over -- figuratively and literally.
David knew that it was God Who brought men to power and God Who stripped power away, even though He might use people in the process. And he was gifted with a spirit that could recognize when his cup was so full that more poured on the top just flowed right to the table.
My cup is that full -- of Him, and of family and friends, and of opportunties to do things that bring me joy, and of this world that He created to be so amazingly beautiful, and of books and music, and lastly even of money and possessions (especially when compared with the lives of most people over history and in other parts of the world!)
May I also have the gift of simply being able to relax and enjoy all He has given me, as I enjoy His presence and His enjoyment of my enjoyment!