A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. MY CUP overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Alot of believers think this is the perfect funeral scripture, we did too until we actually studied it and allowed the Lord to shed light on the power of this scripture. Scriptures cannot always just be taken face value- in fact the same is true for Godly wisdom and instructions. Why not? There is hidden revelations/treasures in them. God said the world cannot understand the kingdom of Heaven. God said that we, his children, have been given a greater understanding of things that are true and full of light.
Jesus’s disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?” Jesus replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the kingdom of Heaven but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand…. but blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears because they hear.” Matthew 13:10-13,16
So I have read Psalm 23 who knows how many times, right because it’s one of my favorites, but as I was reading in another book, Paul’s System of Truth, I came across something that gave me an even deeper understanding of Psalm23.
“When Jesus said, ‘Let this cup pass from me’ in Matthew 26:39, He knew that the CUP of God’s wrath and anger against sin was now filled and He was to drink it until it was totally empty.” -Paul’s System of Truth
After reading that part, I immediately thought of Psalm 23 where God said that our “CUP overflows with blessings”! See, this was prophetic as most scripture is for those who believe because Jesus hadn’t come yet when this prophesy was written.
We know that Jesus is the good shepherd. But do we understand the depth of how we get to come to that table where “God prepares for us a feast every morning through Jesus in the midst of the enemy lurking here on earth”. Guys, the enemy’s armies have to watch as we get to receive EVERYTHING we need for victory against them because of what Christ did for us through the cross and resurrection!
Look again at what Jesus was in prayer over the night before He sacrificed himself for all of us.
“Jesus bowed with his face to the ground, praying ‘My father, if it is possible, let THIS CUP of suffering be taken away from me, but [above all] I want your will to be done, not mine.’” Matthew 26:39
He knew that the CUP of God’s wrath and anger against sin was now filled and He was to drink it until it was totally empty.”
“Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, ‘My Father! If THIS CUP cannot be taken away UNLESS I DRINK it, then your will be done.’” Matthew 26:42-43
Jesus knew there were 2 cups given: a cup of Blessing and a cup of cursing. No man was worthy to drink the cup of blessing. God blessed Abraham and certain believers and generations, but God’s will was for everyone He spent time in creating could experience fullness of the cup of blessing!
Jesus was making it clear that there was no other way for the cup of cursing to be removed without his own sacrifice.
Jesus had to go somewhere (cursed, completely separated from God, hell) that He had never been SO THAT we can go somewhere we have never been before (blessed, completely connected/ engrafted into God, Heaven on earth and in Heaven)
Jesus had to take our place and drink our cup so that we could take His place and drink His cup. So the question is, are we?!?!?
Are we living a life of believing that God when He says all throughout His word, that His will is to bless us! To rescue us! To give us victory on earth and in Heaven!
Are we living a life that seeks God above everything else? That seeks what God says about the situation? That honors the HORRIBLE, unimaginable yet VICTORIOUS sacrifice Jesus made with his own body?
The unconditional love that we get to receive daily every morning when we wake up and every evening when we lay down, not because we earned it through something or things we did that day, but completely because of Jesus took our place in sin. In Jesus, we get to receive undeserved grace and the fullness of the blessing as we simply choose to follow Him where He is leading us. He is leading each of us into good plans He created us specifically for.
There is no condemnation in our mistakes. Why? Because God loves us. God said in His word that, He so loved the world that He gave His only son for us. Jesus gave himself as our sacrifice willingly and He accomplished it with the very strength that God sent to Him to be able to carry through as man, not calling on the angels with His authority to rescue Him from His purpose.
“Then an angel from Heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.” Luke 22: 43-44
So why do we just accept the cup the enemy tries to give us? It’s EMPTY!! Slap it away and expose the emptiness of his lies by taking up your cup that is FULL of God’s blessing through Jesus!
“…And the church is His body; IT IS MADE FULL and complete by Christ who FILLS ALL THINGS (for the benefit of His church) everywhere with Himself.” Ephesians 1:23 (22)
“You are blessed…and upon this rock I will build my church and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven [ON EARTH].” Matthew 16:17-19
1 John 3:8 tells us that “….But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.”
My question is what cup are you picking up? This has nothing to do with is your life perfect without any issues? We will face issues just like Jesus did, but we don’t have to suffer through hard times in life. In our suffering, we can come to God and find exactly what Psalm 23 promises HERE ON EARTH!! So What is in your cup? Is it full or is it empty?
…MY cup OVERFLOWS with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love, my Lord, will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Sending my love, Sara