MY CUP RUNNETH OVER
Psa. 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
This verse took on new meaning to me and the congregation of Victory Fellowship in the outpouring of 1994. My favorite translation of this verse was the Amplified version.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.”
He was teaching us to live the Christian life with an overflowing cup, or as the Amplified says “my brimming cup runs over”. We no longer had to be burned out or exhausted, we could be filled to overflowing, continuously, with the goodness of God. Augustine spoke of the intoxicating characteristics of this verse.
“My cup runneth over. Or as it is in the Vulgate: And my inebriating chalice, how excellent it is! With this cup were the martyrs inebriated, when, going forth to their passion, they recognized not those that belonged to them; not their weeping wife, not their children, not their relations; while they gave thanks and said, “I will take the cup of salvation!”
Augustine said that the martyrs were strengthened supernaturally by having an overflowing cup of the Spirit. This enabled them to face incredible atrocities by being filled with the Spirit. Spurgeon points out that this blessing is for the poor as well as the rich, he says that true happiness is not related to our current financial condition.
“My cup runneth over. He had not only enough, a cup full, but more than enough, a cup which overflowed. A poor man may say this as well as those in higher circumstances. “What, all this, and Jesus Christ too?” said a poor cottager as she broke a piece of bread and filled a glass with cold water. Whereas a man may be ever so wealthy, but if he be discontented his cup cannot run over; it is cracked and leaks. Content is more than a kingdom, it is another word for happiness.”
Contentment, says Surgeon, is another word for happiness. Spiritual joy is the direct, immediate result of having an overflowing cup. John Trapp points out that this overflowing cup is not just for you, it is the way the Lord works through us to touch the broken and hurting of this world.
“My cup runneth over. He had not only a fulness of abundance, but of redundance. Those that have this happiness must carry their cup upright, and see that it overflows into their poor brethren’s emptier vessels.”
That is powerful, this makes ministry to the most desperate of this world a joy for all of us. We draw near to God, lift up our cup until it overflows, then we find someone in need and pour out His love upon their lives. that is the story of Pentecost, that is the story of our Christian lives. Be filled continuously with the Spirit, drink in that overflowing anointing. Ministry is the overflow of that experience.