THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2021
THEME: OVERFLOWING CUP
PASSAGE: PSALM 23
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 23:6“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
HYMN: MHB 50 (C.M.) – THE Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
King David in Psalm 23 stated emphatically that the Lord is the Shepherd of Israel, who guides and provides for His people. A shepherd is one who tends sheep. But the Lord used the word for His servants, given the responsibilities of tending His people. David testified that because he made God his Shepherd, his cup kept overflowing with blessings, goodness and mercy.
The New Compact Bible Dictionary defines the word ‘cup’ as a term used in a literal and figurative way. The cup is used as a symbol of prosperity or of Jehovah’s blessings. However, in reverse, it is used of Jehovah’s malediction upon the wicked (Psalm 11:6; 16:5-6; 23:5). It is worthy of mention here that the word ‘wicked’ refers to anyone who does not fear God nor acknowledges the Lordship of Christ i.e. the ungodly (Psalm 1).
For a Christian to experience the overflowing cup of God’s blessing and prosperity, the following conditions must be fulfilled:
– The Lord God must be his/her Shepherd (Psalm 23:1).
– He/She must obey God at all times and accept the Lord’s leading in all ramifications. (Job 36:11, Psalm 23: 2-3).
– He/She must be conscious of the ever-abiding presence of God and also receive nourishment and comfort daily from the Word of God. (Psalm 23:4)
– He/She must be confident of constant showers of God’s goodness and mercy over his/her life. (Psalm 23:6).
– He/ She must consecrate himself/herself for the Master’s use. (Psalm 23:5).
Men and Women were anointed into high offices such as Priests, prophets and kings (See Ex. 28:41; 29:7; 1 kings 19:15-16). This made them be referred to as shepherds i.e. anointed ones (1 Samuel 2:10, 1 Chronicles 16:22).
Jesus states that He knows His sheep and His sheep know, listen to and follow Him (John 10:14-17). Follow Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd, and He will protect, feed, and tend you.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, as I journey with You in the remaining days of this year, fill my cup with Your overflowing blessings.
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