“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalms 23:1-6).
Humanity can never be satisfied with what it has, because of this man’s cup is always running dry or on empty. For the Christian who trusts in the Lord rather than the world to supply his needs, he has a cup that overflows with blessings, joys and miracles. We do not just have enough, we have more than enough!
Those who do not know Christ as Saviour are tapping into the wrong source to fulfil their needs. Even when they are filled with the world’s goods, they find it does not last, especially since that cistern leaks. “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). We can have the wealth of the world, perfect health and fame, but still not be happy; as is evident in those who possess them.
Such people can never know true contentment in this life, and while they may own riches untold, they are the poorest souls of all, for they only own the external and fading joys of the world. Such discontentment makes them greedy for more riches and ways to spend them to satisfy their need. This in turn leads to the many vices only the rich and famous entertain themselves with.
Unfortunately even the cups of many Christians are running dry in this era. How sad it is to see them using the world’s methods to fill the void in their souls! It is no longer uncommon to find believers drinking and making merry with the world. This cannot be blamed on Christ or His church, but instead it is a result of weak teaching and failing faith. The pursuit for fun rather than faith is the defining element amongst our church members today. Where there is no faith the cup runs dry. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6) … “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”(Psalm 16:11).
“Christ is all” a true believer desires (Colossians 3:11), for through Him alone we have all we could ever need. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). Because of this we can come before Him in prayer and know that God is willing to give us whatever is according to His will and what will bless us. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7) … “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Upon the precious promises, which are “Yea, and in him Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20), we will find we will receive more than we ever pray for, “It shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38). This is part of enjoying the abundant life only Jesus can give, for the world will bleed us dry, but He offers us “Life … more abundantly” (John 10:10). In fact it is more than we deserve! But let us not think that these blessings are simply temporal, for David sees passed such things to the greatest facts of all, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:6).
Is our cup dry or overflowing? Maybe our view of what God can do has been narrowed by poor theology and unbelief. Possibly we have become dry because we have removed our cup from the “fountain of life” (Psalm 36:9) or have taken credit for the blessing in our lives and therefore have robbed God of glory.
All Christians ought to be able to sing with David, “My cup runneth over”, so there is something wrong if we cannot. It is very likely that we are seeking fulfilment from the wrong source if we feel dry in our hearts, but at the root of it all is a lack of faith and dedication towards God.
Let us not seek after satisfaction the way the world does, but instead turn to the Lord and trust Him to give us what we need. “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31-33).