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My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).


Ever been to a restaurant where you asked for refills on something you thought was free – only to find out that you paid for each and every time the waiter brought you a new glass? 


Yeah, me too. It’s not a pleasant experience, huh?


It woulda helped to know which beverage was included in the “free” part of the refill policy and which was not.


I think that’s my problem with this last part of Psalm 23:5.


I’ve often held my cup out to the Lord for a free refill and felt that I got gypped.  


It’s important to know what is included in His bottomless cup.


I’ve held my cup up for more money and found that I had to tighten my belt just a bit instead.


I’ve lifted my glass for instant peace in the family and discovered that things actually got more chaotic.


I’ve raised my tumbler for more comfort and realized that my situation actually increased in difficulty.


“What’s the deal here, God?”


He spells it out for us clearly, if we will take a moment with the mysterious account in Luke 11:11-13.


“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?


“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall you heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”


The best drink for our thirsty souls is the “how much more” of His Spirit. 


It’s not more money, or more stuff or even more time.


He, who is spiritual, always gives gifts which are spiritual. 


When we hand Him our cup, He will always fill it with His character:


  • Love
  • Joy 
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control
  • Righteousness
  • Dependance 


Which is why: 


When I want my situation to change immediately – He often makes me wait a while. He’s pouring patience into my vessel. 


When I ask Him to get rid of the annoying person in my life – He often just gives me another one. He’s streaming gentleness into my chalice.


When I beg Him to move me into another job – He often just increases my work load. He’s flowing dependence into my mug.


He’s ready to give us abundance. Are we ready to receive it?


What’s He pouring into your cup?