An Empty Cup

"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." Psalm 23 KJV

There is a song by Richard Blanshard "Fill My Cup, Lord". The words are so beautiful and so appropriate for us "Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord! Come and quench this thirsting of my soul; Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more. Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!" If ever we needed our cups filled, it is today.

We are living in a world filled with hatred and violence. Instead of being encouraged, we are being discouraged. It is absolutely crucial that we become encouragers to one another on a daily basis. Our enemy, satan, is working overtime to discourage us. Yesterday, I had to run to Jesus all day because of the poisonous arrows of discouragement that satan was shooting into my heart.

Jesus will be faithful to encourage us but we must lift our cups up to Him so that He can fill them.

Father, In the precious name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we lift our cups up to You. We ask that You would please quench the thirsting of our souls; that You would please encourage and inspire us. Would You please remove all the hurt from our hearts that we have because of people saying unkind and criticizing words to us. Please don’t let us hurt our families, our loved ones and friends by the things we say to them and the things that we do to them. May our families see the difference that Jesus has made in our hearts and our lives and want the same joy and happiness in their own hearts and lives. Thank You for all You do for us and thank You for sending Your Son to die for us so that we may have our sins forgiven and be saved. Amen.

Joanne Lowe

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