When thinking of the word “cup”, the first thing that comes to mind is an object that is used for drinking. However, as I was talking to my staff this week about this scripture, a very interesting point came up with regard to the words “my cup”.
Matthew 26:36-46 describes an account that happened at Gat Sh’manim (the place of the olive press also known as “Gethsemane”). Here, Yeshua prayed these well-known words: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matt 26:39). The cup described here is the cup of death – the cup of the Father’s wrath – that Yeshua had to receive in order that each of us would have renewed life. In other words, this “cup” was His destiny.
I believe that the cup described in Psalm 23 is also a cup of destiny. As mentioned in prior blogs, David was not in an ideal place when writing this Psalm. He was in a dark place that reflected death, a low valley of despair; however, in the midst of this dark and lowly place, David acknowledged the fact that God was his sovereign provider in all situations.
David acknowledged the fact that God was the One who called Him, anointed him, provided for him, had given him the destiny for his life, and more than that, he knew that what God had given him was more than enough. Rav Shaul (the apostle Paul) also understood this:
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Messiah may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Messiah’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Cor 12:9
Are you at a place of peace with God’s call on your life – your destiny? Do you see Him working in and through you to fulfill this? He will always give you more than enough to keep your cup full, to the point of overflowing.
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