Across the Preacher's Desk: My Cup Overflows

November 27, 2020 - The imagery that David presents for us in Psalm 23 is one of abundance.  In writing of the gracious provisions of God as our Shepherd, he writes, “my cup runneth over”.  Have you ever done that?  Have you ever filled a cup to overflowing where it ran over the sides of the cup into the saucer or on to the table?  Can you actually picture a more adequate description of the abundant blessings that we enjoy as the children of God?

This is the season of the year that we set aside as “Thanksgiving”.  Yet, why do we need a special time to be thankful for all that God has blessed us with?  Oftentimes we are like the child on Christmas morning, surrounded by an abundance of presents who looks up plaintively and asks “is this all”?  Like spoiled children, we are often prone to take God’s lavish provisions for granted or, worse, to grumble when something is not to our liking.

We need to pause and reflect and understand that every good thing we enjoy in this life is a gracious gift from God.  We should thank God daily for our food, our clothing and our shelter.  We should express our gratitude for all the material provisions of this life he has given to us.  Yet, we must realize that the greatest gift that God has given to us is His Son, who came to this earth and went to the cross to save our souls.  Take the time to thank God for his bountiful material provisions, and also to thank Him for the gift of Jesus.  Not just at “Thanksgiving” but every hour of every day.

It’s something to think about…..tbp