March 17

Psalm 23

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” vs. 5

Often we think of the Lord as our place of refuge in tough times and our comforter when things get dark–and that’s appropriate, because that’s what shepherds do. And as the children of God we are well taken care of in every circumstance. The psalmist knew that, but he knew something more too. Sometimes life is so good we almost run out of words to thank and praise the Lord. Not only do we have plenty to eat in a world where enemies abound, but our cup overflows. We have so much that we can’t believe it! We’re deeply conscious that we are God’s chosen ones, and the blessings just keep on coming. Occasionally in those moments people will say, “Oh, but you deserve it,” and we want to protest. There is absolutely nothing that we have done to merit the embarrassing riches that have come our way. So, why do such days come, and if they come to some, why not to all? Those are good questions but there are really no good answers. The best we can do is simply enjoy the goodness. It does no one any good to put on sad faces and say that life is tough when it really isn’t. After all, it likely won’t be long before we’re back wandering in valleys of dark shadows. Life brings both weal and woe, and our shepherd is with us in both.

Thought for the Day: When has my cup overflowed?

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