Monday, March 14, 2011

My Cup Is Full And Running Over

I’ve soaked up so much joy in the sunshine of life that my soul may be sun burned.

Dwain Jones shares this philosophy and has a unique way of expressing it. He often says, “I am so happy that I have to sit on my hands to keep them from clapping.”

In Psalms 47:1-2, the Sweet Singing Psalmist urged us to clap our hands and shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Full cup Christians are easy to pick out in a crowd and hard to silence. They rejoice with joy unspeakable. They praise God enthusiastically. They love God passionately. They pray expectantly. They worship adoringly. They sing spontaneously. It’s like having a little of heaven to go to heaven in.

Praise be to the Father, my cup is full and running over for the goodness of His grace, the marvel of His mercy, the plentitude of His power and the lavishness of His love.

As a matter of fact, my cup is so full today that I am looking for a bigger cup. This general principle permeates the Bible from cover to cover. Isaiah wrote to us about “enlarging a tent” to accommodate the blessings of God to follow. (Isaiah 54:2) Elisha encouraged the destitute widow who had bill collectors knocking on her door to go borrow some pots and pans to contain the provisions of God. (II Kings 4:3) When Jesus performed the miracle of the bread and fish, the supply was so abundant that 12 baskets were needed to carry away the leftovers.

And it gets even better. Jesus declared, “He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also and GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL HE DO…” (John 14:12) Let’s face it. God is not running out of blessings to give. He is just running out of vessels to fill.

Malachi propounded the generosity of God in Malachi 3:10. “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and PROVE ME now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, IF I WILL NOT OPEN THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN, AND POUR YOU OUT A BLESSING, THAT THERE SHALL NOT BE ROOM ENOUGH TO RECEIVE IT.”

Again our Master Teacher, Jesus, said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, AND RUNNING OVER…” (Luke 6:38)

The general consensus of the world is that God is running out of miracles, but I believe that God wants to give us “running over” miracles---more than enough to go around supplying all of our needs.

Jesus never alluded to a diminishing supply of Heaven’s resources. In John 15:11 he said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be FULL.” Full!! May I remind you that the word “full” according to Mr. Webster means having in it all there is space for. That’s what God has for us. Full joy; full favors; and full forgiveness are in God’s plan for our lives.

Number 1: My Cup Is Full Of Gratitude.

(Deuteronomy 8:10 – “When you have eaten and are full, then you should bless the Lord thy God for the good….”)

I am full of gratitude for the things I have received that I did not deserve and for the things I did not receive which I deserved. In a sense, gratitude is my gift to the Giver for what He has done for me. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words of gratitude are applicable and fitting for the gratitude that is pouring out of my heart. He said, “For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, and for everything Thy goodness sends.” For these and much more, I give God thanks.

Number 2: My Cup Is Full Of Awe.

(Psalms 95:3, 6-7 – “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods….O come, let us worship and bow down…for he is our God…”)

I am so full of awe when I contemplate the incredible God we call our Heavenly Father. Words seem to fail me so I will borrow the words from Hillsong United from the song, I stand in Awe of You. I pray the words will fill you heart to overflowing.

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful of comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp you infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above

And I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you.

In the spirit of true humility and awe, I will conclude by saying, “Selah,”and remind you that one man suggested that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. This is one of those moments.

In The Journey Together,

Pastor Jimmy & Bob

No comments:

Post a Comment