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Summary: Final Message in Series on 23rd Psalm

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David saying – “abundant provision – well fed – but also refreshed/renewed

• “Is there anything to drink?” - my cup overflows

• Phenomenal picture that God gives us everything we need!

• Cup overflowing – How much is that? – more than I need!

• Therefore I have everything that I need physically / spiritually

• Spiritually God keeps my cup overflowing!

ILLUS: $1.75 for pop rip off – now refills – in travels – waiters / pitchers

The point is I don’t have to think! – I have more than enough!

Sometimes in life we look our cup – measure our capacity – “I’ve got to 4 appts. 2 calls have to return, problem with furnace, issue needs resolved…”

• OK I’ve got just enough for those things – everyone else forget it!

• And we live according to our capacity and not according to overflow

• God want you to serve Him according to the overflow not capacity!

• “No reason for you to serve me out of principle – interest enough!”

• “More than enough overflow to do what need to do.

• Our cups are to be OVERFLOWING!!

This should be the normal experience of the Christian life

• Abundant energy, strength, faith, overflowing capacity to meet the needs of life.

You say – “…but sometimes I’m not experiencing that!”

• That which quenches overflow – sin

• Problem is we excuse it as nerves, or tired, or under pressure…

• And if we want the overflow in our lives again – need to confess sin

• When sin is seen to be sin – blood of Christ cleanses – cups overflow

• But blood doesn’t cleanse excuses!

“Well, you know I’m just not an overflow kind of person”

• But can’t get away from fact – God wants us to serve out of overflow!

When you sense diminished capacity…

1. Confess sin that hinders Holy Spirits overflow – ask what’s blocking

2. Increase fellowship w/God – that helps overflow – time in Word – time in prayer, increased and focused time – 3 hr challenge

“That’s great for you – but not only not sitting at table – I kicked it over – went off on my enemies –

That’s great that you were feeling diminished and had to reach into your capacity – but not only am I not overflowing – I can’t even find my cup – broken on the floor!”

Look at this next part…

3. Abundant _Opportunity_ from the Lord.

6Surely goodness and love (mercy) will follow me all the days of my life,

• Doesn’t matter how far you are from the Lord – or how discouraged – if you’re one of His children – then you have this in your pocket – it can be in your life too

“Surely goodness and mercy…”

• Goodness = bounty / blessing

• Mercy = favor / loving kindness = Heb. “hesed” – 246 times OT.

• David’s favorite word to describe the attitude of God toward His children

Ps. 86:13For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Ps. 33:5He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Ps. 98:3He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Ps. 36:5Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

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