be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end
O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out! For who
hath known the mind of the Lord?
or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him,
and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him,
are all things:
to whom be glory for ever
“my cup overflows"
A cup runs over when it cannot hold all
that is being poured into it
The emphasis of Psalm 23 is the Good Shepherd’s
loving care for His sheep
(cf. John 10:11, 14).
The Lord not only gives His people what they need
but He supplies abundance in the midst of difficult times
abundance is not limited to material blessings under the Old Covenant, but it also includes
the Holy Spirit’s future outpouring upon all who ask
(Luke 11:13; Acts 2:1–4)
The Bible emphasizes the excessive love, blessing, and power that
God desires to pour out on those who love Him
(Malachi 3:10; Lamentations 3:22; Psalm 108:4).
Jesus reflected God’s generosity when He said, “The thief comes only to steal
and kill and destroy; I came that
may have life, and have it abundantly”
Paul continues that theme in Ephesians 3:20 and describes God as
“who is able to do immeasurably more than all we
ask or imagine.”
promises that we are
more than conquerors through Him who loves us
The message echoed in each passage is that of God’s excessive grace and provision for every area of our lives.
He is not stingy, nor are His blessings confined to temporal things.
we can have overflowing joy,
and overflowing peace
We can bear everlasting fruit for God’s kingdom, and we can overcome impossible challenges when the
Holy Spirit fills our hearts
until our “cup runneth over.”
The Bible records many mighty things done
people were filled with (i.e., controlled by)
the Holy Spirit
(Exodus 31:2–3; Ezekiel 43:5; Luke 1:67; Acts 4:31).
We are urged to be filled with the Spirit as well
(Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 25).
However, as a glass cannot be filled with milk if it is already filled with mud, we cannot be filled with the Spirit when we are already filled with sin, pride, or self-will. Before we can be filled to overflowing, we must be willing to empty ourselves of everything that
would hinder the Spirit’s working in our lives.
It is only when our hearts are filled with God that
we can accomplish all He desires to do
in and through us
His grace knows no limits for those whose
hearts are wholly His
(2 Chronicles 16:9a).